Oculomotor interference during manual response preparation: evidence from the response-cueing paradigm

Lynn Huestegge*, Jos J. Adam

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Preparation provided by visual location cues is known to speed up behavior. However, the role of concurrent saccades in response to visual cues remains unclear. In this study, participants performed a spatial precueing task by pressing one of four response keys with one of four fingers (two of each hand) while eye movements were monitored. Prior to the stimulus, we presented a neutral cue (baseline), a hand cue (corresponding to left vs. right positions), or a finger cue (corresponding to inner vs. outer positions). Participants either remained fixated on a central fixation point or moved their eyes freely. The results demonstrated that saccades during the cueing interval altered the pattern of cueing effects. Finger cueing trials in which saccades were spatially incompatible (vs. compatible) with the subsequently required manual response exhibited slower manual RTs. We propose that interference between saccades and manual responses affects manual motor preparation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)702-707
JournalAttention Perception & Psychophysics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011


  • Manual motor preparation
  • Finger precueing
  • Saccades
  • Eye movements
  • Cross-modal response interference


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