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Rewards have a transient and task-specific effect on saccade latency

Dunne, Stephen, Ellison, Amanda and Smith, Daniel, T. (2015) Rewards have a transient and task-specific effect on saccade latency. Frontiers in Psychology, 6 (1080). ISSN 1664-1078

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The eye movement system is sensitive to reward. However, whilst the eye movement system is extremely flexible, the extent to which changes to oculomotor behaviour induced by reward paradigms persist beyond the training period or transfer to other oculomotor tasks is unclear. To address these issues we examined the effects of presenting feedback that represented small monetary rewards to spatial locations on the latency of saccadic eye movements, the time-course of learning and extinction of the effects of rewarding saccades on exogenous spatial attention and oculomotor IOR. Reward feedback produced a relative facilitation of saccadic latency in a stimulus driven saccade task which persisted for 3 blocks of extinction trials. However this hemifield-specific effect failed to transfer to peripheral cueing tasks. We conclude that rewarding specific spatial locations is unlikely to induce long-term, systemic changes to the human oculomotor or attention systems.

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Depositing User: Stephen Dunne


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Date Deposited: 16 May 2018 13:12
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2019 16:06


Author: Stephen Dunne ORCID iD
Author: Amanda Ellison
Author: Daniel, T. Smith

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Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing
Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing > School of Psychology


Psychology > Cognitive Behaviour
Psychology > Psychology

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