Selective attention, inhibition for repeated events and hemispheric specialization

S Chokron, Paolo Bartolomeo, P Colliot, Am Brickman, M Tabert, T Wei, Buchsbaum

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When two visual events appear consecutively in the same spatial location, our response to the second event is slower than to the first. This inhibition for repeated events may reflect a bias toward sampling novel locations, a bias useful for exploring visual space. It has been shown that the left hemisphere is more specialized in selective attentional processes than the right one. The aim of the present experiment was to test if this hemispheric specialization for selective attention may also affect the inhibition for repeated events. For this purpose, we asked 11 normal subjects to perform an identity-based discrimination task in which the target to be detected could appear alone or surrounded by flanking letters, in the left or in the right visual field. Results show that inhibition for repeated events is present only when selective attention is required and when the task is performed in the right specialized visual field.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)158-161
Numero di pagine4
RivistaBrain and Cognition
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2003
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  • Adult
  • Attention
  • Brain
  • Discrimination (Psychology)
  • Female
  • Fixation, Ocular
  • Functional Laterality
  • Humans
  • Inhibition (Psychology)
  • Male
  • Periodicity
  • Reaction Time
  • Visual Perception


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