Microsaccade Orientation Supports Attentional Enhancement Opposite a Peripheral Cue Commentary on Tse, Sheinberg, and Logothetis (2003)

Martin Rolfs, Ralf Engbert, Reinhold Kliegl

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Tse, Sheinberg, and Logothetis (2003) exploited a change-blindness paradigm to map the redistribution of spatial attention in response to a peripherally flashed cue. The probability of change detection at a given location was used as a measure of attention allocation. Using this measure, a ‘‘hot spot’’ of attention (i.e., close to perfect change detection) was found along the cue-fixation axis. This hot spot ex- tended in the hemifield opposite the cued location. Here we show that an analysis of fixational eye movements in a spatial-cuing paradigm supports this important finding.

Psychological Science