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Effects of switching between leftward and rightward pro- and antisaccades

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Philipp,  A. M.
Department Psychology, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society;

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Koch,  I.
Department Psychology, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society;

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Reuter, B., Philipp, A. M., Koch, I., & Kathmann, N. (2006). Effects of switching between leftward and rightward pro- and antisaccades. Biological Psychology, 72(1), 88-95.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0010-AEF3-A
Abstract
Previous studies suggested that random switching between pro- and antisaccades increases errors in both tasks. However, little is known about the effects of switching between leftward and rightward saccades (response switching). The present study investigated task and response switching using an alternating runs procedure. Tasks (i.e., prosaccades versus antisaccades) were switched every second trial. Response switches (i.e., leftward saccades versus rightward saccades) were counterbalanced across tasks and task-switching conditions. Task switching increased errors in both tasks. Response switching increased errors when antisaccades were preceded by antisaccades but not when antisaccades were preceded by prosaccades or for prosaccades regardless of the preceding saccade type. The task-switch effects suggest that both pro- and antisaccade trials activate specific production rules that can persist in a subsequent trial. The differential response-switch effects may reflect different modes of response activation in pro- and antisaccades (sensorimotor transformation of visual information versus selection of motor programs).