Dr Dan Smith from the University of Durham will give a Seminar on Friday, November 11th at 3:30 pm in the Old Library of the School of Psychology and Neuroscience at St Andrews.
Associations and dissociations between attention and oculomotor control
The systems used to control covert, mental process such as spatial attention are closely linked with the systems used to control eye-movements. However, the extent to which these cognitive processes depend upon the oculomotor system remains controversial. In this talk I will present data from behavioural and neuropsychological experiments examining the interactions between motor programming and covert attention. The results of these studies will be interpreted in terms of a ‘Motor Bias’ theory of attention, which proposes that activation in the oculomotor motor system feeds into the process of biased competition in the visual system, but is not the sole arbiter of the locus of spatial attention