The Relationship Between Spatial Attention and Eye Movements

Amelia R Hunt, Josephine Reuther, Matthew Hilchey, Raymond Klein

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Abstract

The nature of the relationship between spatial attention and eye movements has been the subject of intense debate for more than 40 years. Two ideas have dominated this debate. First is the idea that spatial attention shares common neural mechanisms with eye movement programming, characterizing attention as an eye movement that has been prepared but not executed. Second, based on the observation that attention shifts to saccade targets, several theories have proposed that saccade programming necessarily recruits attentional resources. In this chapter, we review the evidence for each of these ideas and discuss some of the limitations and challenges in confirming their predictions. Although they are clearly dependent under some circumstances, dissociations between spatial attention and eye movements, and clear differences in their basic functions, point to the existence of two interconnected, but separate, systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCurrent Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences
Subtitle of host publicationProcesses of Visuo-spatial Attention and Working Memory
PublisherSpringer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Pages1-24
Number of pages24
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 Apr 2019

Publication series

NameCurrent Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences
ISSN (Print)1866-3370

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Keywords

  • Attention
  • Eye movements
  • Premotor theory
  • Spatial orienting

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Hunt, A. R., Reuther, J., Hilchey, M., & Klein, R. (2019). The Relationship Between Spatial Attention and Eye Movements. In Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences: Processes of Visuo-spatial Attention and Working Memory (pp. 1-24). (Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences). Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/7854_2019_95

The Relationship Between Spatial Attention and Eye Movements. / Hunt, Amelia R; Reuther, Josephine; Hilchey, Matthew; Klein, Raymond.

Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences: Processes of Visuo-spatial Attention and Working Memory. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2019. p. 1-24 (Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Hunt, AR, Reuther, J, Hilchey, M & Klein, R 2019, The Relationship Between Spatial Attention and Eye Movements. in Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences: Processes of Visuo-spatial Attention and Working Memory. Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 1-24. https://doi.org/10.1007/7854_2019_95
Hunt AR, Reuther J, Hilchey M, Klein R. The Relationship Between Spatial Attention and Eye Movements. In Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences: Processes of Visuo-spatial Attention and Working Memory. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. 2019. p. 1-24. (Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences). https://doi.org/10.1007/7854_2019_95
Hunt, Amelia R ; Reuther, Josephine ; Hilchey, Matthew ; Klein, Raymond. / The Relationship Between Spatial Attention and Eye Movements. Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences: Processes of Visuo-spatial Attention and Working Memory. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2019. pp. 1-24 (Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences).
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