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Evidence Against the Premotor Theory of Attention

Walenchok, Stephen Charles (2010) Evidence Against the Premotor Theory of Attention. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The premotor theory of attention postulates that attention allocation and saccadic programming are strictly linked. We conducted an eye-tracking study to test this theory. Participants were presented with a centrally-located cue arrow and were instructed to make a saccade to the corresponding peripheral dot while attending to the center, in order to report a briefly-displayed target letter. Using two separate temporal cutoff criteria from the arrow onset, we found both significant increases in performance accuracy with practice and decreases in performance accuracy with longer cue delays, but with accuracies being above chance across conditions. These results suggest that attention allocation and saccadic programming may be governed by separate mechanisms.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Walenchok, Stephen
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairReichle, Erikreichle@pitt.eduREICHLE
Committee MemberWheeler, Markmew38@pitt.eduMEW38
Committee MemberLaurent,
Committee MemberWarren, Tessatessa@pitt.eduTESSA
Date: 14 May 2010
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 14 April 2010
Approval Date: 14 May 2010
Submission Date: 20 April 2010
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Psychology
David C. Frederick Honors College
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: attention spotlight; E-Z Reader; Reichle; Rizzolatti; saccadic latency; serial attention
Other ID:, etd-04202010-175726
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:39
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:41


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