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Spatially valid proprioceptive cues improve the detection of a visual stimulus

Jackson, Carl P. T. and Miall, R. Chris and Balslev, Daniela (2010) Spatially valid proprioceptive cues improve the detection of a visual stimulus. Experimental Brain Research, 205 (1). pp. 31-40. ISSN 0014-4819

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URL of Published Version: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2908745/

Identification Number/DOI: doi:10.1007/s00221-010-2330-3

Vision and proprioception are the main sensory modalities that convey hand location and direction of movement. Fusion of these sensory signals into a single robust percept is now well documented. However, it is not known whether these modalities also interact in the spatial allocation of attention, which has been demonstrated for other modality pairings. The aim of this study was to test whether proprioceptive signals can spatially cue a visual target to improve its detection. Participants were instructed to use a planar manipulandum in a forward reaching action and determine during this movement whether a near-threshold visual target appeared at either of two lateral positions. The target presentation was followed by a masking stimulus, which made its possible location unambiguous, but not its presence. Proprioceptive cues were given by applying a brief lateral force to the participant’s arm, either in the same direction (validly cued) or in the opposite direction (invalidly cued) to the on-screen location of the mask. The d′ detection rate of the target increased when the direction of proprioceptive stimulus was compatible with the location of the visual target compared to when it was incompatible. These results suggest that proprioception influences the allocation of attention in visual space

Type of Work:Article
Date:08 June 2010 (Publication)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
Department:School of Psychology
Subjects:R Medicine (General)
Institution:University of Birmingham
Copyright Holders:Springer
ID Code:957
Refereed:YES
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