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Anterior and posterior attentional control systems use different spatial reference frames: ERP evidence from covert tactile-spatial orienting

Eimer, Martin; Forster, Bettina and Van Velzen, Jose L.. 2003. Anterior and posterior attentional control systems use different spatial reference frames: ERP evidence from covert tactile-spatial orienting. Psychophysiology, 40(6), pp. 924-933. ISSN 00485772 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

To investigate whether processes controlling preparatory covert shifts of spatial attention operate within external and anatomically defined spatial coordinates, lateralized event-related potentials components sensitive to the direction of attentional shifts were measured in response to visual precues directing attention to the relevant location of tactile events. Participants had to detect infrequent tactile targets delivered to the hand located on the cued side. In different blocks, hands were uncrossed or crossed, so that external and anatomical codes specifying task-relevant locations were either congruent or incongruent. With uncrossed hands, an anterior directing attention negativity and a posterior directing attention positivity were elicited in the cue-target interval contralateral to the side of a cued attentional shift. Although the posterior effect was unaffected by hand posture, the anterior effect was delayed and reversed polarity with crossed relative to uncrossed hands. This pattern of results provides new evidence that different spatial coordinate systems may be used by separable attentional control processes. It is suggested that a posterior process operates on the basis of external spatial coordinates, whereas an anterior process is based primarily on anatomically defined spatial codes.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1111/1469-8986.00110

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
November 2003Published

Item ID:

5497

Date Deposited:

01 Apr 2011 08:45

Last Modified:

04 Jul 2017 13:54

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/5497

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