Continuous hand movement induces a far-hand bias in attentional priority

Yariv Festman*, Jos J. Adam, Jay Pratt, Martin H. Fischer

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Previous research on the interaction between manual action and visual perception has focused on discrete movements or static postures and discovered better performance near the hands (the near-hand effect). However, in everyday behaviors, the hands are usually moving continuously between possible targets. Therefore, the current study explored the effects of continuous hand motion on the allocation of visual attention. Eleven healthy adults performed a visual discrimination task during cyclical concealed hand movements underneath a display. Both the current hand position and its movement direction systematically contributed to participants' visual sensitivity. Discrimination performance increased substantially when the hand was distant from but moving toward the visual probe location (a far-hand effect). Implications of this novel observation are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)644-649
JournalAttention Perception & Psychophysics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - May 2013


  • Embodied perception
  • Attention: Selective
  • Goal-directed movements


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