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Woo Young Choi, Jayalakshmi Viswanathan, Manfred Kvissberg, Jason Barton; Dynamics of target and distractor spatial averaging in the global effect. Journal of Vision 2014;14(10):744. doi: https://doi.org/10.1167/14.10.744.
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Background: In the global effect, saccades are displaced towards a distractor that is near in location to the target, an effect that is thought to reflect neural averaging in the superior colliculus. The temporal profile of this averaging process has not yet been investigated, however. Objective: We studied how the global effect varied with the degree of temporal dissociation between target and distractor appearance. Methods: In the first study, the target was flashed for 10ms at 8째 horizontal eccentricity, followed after an interval varying between 0ms and 100ms, by a 10ms distractor at either 4째 or 12째 horizontal eccentricity. In the second study, the distractor appeared first, either as a 100ms flash or with sustained presence, at the same locations, and followed after an interval varying between 0ms to 800ms by the target. We analyzed saccade amplitude data from 12 subjects in terms of offsets, latencies and integration time. Results: In the first experiment, the offset between the target and distractor did not influence the global effect. The global effect occurred only in saccades with latencies between 140 and 300ms, or with integration times between 80 and 360ms. In the second experiment, the global effect decreased significantly with 100ms of offset between the distractor and target, but was still evident. The global effect was stronger when the distractor was continuously present throughout the trial. Similar to the first experiment, we found the global effect only in saccades with latencies between 80 and 350ms. Conclusion: The global effect can occur despite separation of the target and distractor in time, suggesting that there is substantial persistence of distractor-related activity that is available for spatial averaging in the superior colliculus.
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