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Peripheral cues and gaze direction jointly focus attention and inhibition of return

Skarratt, Paul A.; Hudson, Matthew


Matthew Hudson


Centrally presented gaze cues typically elicit a delayed inhibition of return (IOR) effect compared to peripheral exogenous cues. We investigated whether gaze cues elicit early onset IOR when presented peripherally. Faces were presented in the left or right peripheral hemifields, which then gazed upward or downward. A target appeared in one of four oblique spatial locations giving the cue and target horizontal or vertical congruency, both, or neither. After establishing that peripheral movement and gaze direction jointly facilitate target processing at short durations (200 ms: Experiment 1), IOR was evident for peripheral motion at longer time courses (800 and 2400 ms: Experiment 2). Only after 2400 ms did gaze direction additionally contribute to IOR for the specific gazed at location, showing the inverse pattern of response times to Experiment 1. The onset of IOR for gaze cues is independent from peripheral exogenous cueing but nevertheless contributes to the allocation of attention.


Skarratt, P. A., & Hudson, M. (2016). Peripheral cues and gaze direction jointly focus attention and inhibition of return. Cognitive neuroscience, 7(1-4), 67-73.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 21, 2015
Online Publication Date Aug 10, 2015
Publication Date Oct 1, 2016
Deposit Date Aug 10, 2015
Publicly Available Date Nov 23, 2017
Journal Cognitive neuroscience
Print ISSN 1758-8928
Electronic ISSN 1758-8936
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Issue 1-4
Pages 67-73
Keywords Gaze direction; Attention; Facilitation; Inhibition of return; Peripheral vision
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Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Cognitive neuroscience on 10 August 2015, available online:


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