Attentional processes link perception and action

Stephen J. Anderson*, Noriko Yamagishi, Vivian Karavia

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Abstract

Behavioural studies on normal and brain-damaged individuals provide convincing evidence that the perception of objects results in the generation of both visual and motor signals in the brain, irrespective of whether or not there is an intention to act upon the object. In this paper we sought to determine the basis of the motor signals generated by visual objects. By examining how the properties of an object affect an observer's reaction time for judging its orientation, we provide evidence to indicate that directed visual attention is responsible for the automatic generation of motor signals associated with the spatial characteristics of perceived objects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1225-1232
Number of pages8
JournalProceeding of the Royal Society: Series B
Volume269
Issue number1497
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jun 2002

Keywords

  • action
  • affordance
  • attention
  • movement
  • vision

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