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Colloquium: How is Attention Deployed During Goal Directed Movements?

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People make goal directed movements to interact with their environment. We examined how attention is deployed during goal directed movements and how shifts in attention impact these movements. In the first study, we used a dual task paradigm to investigate how attention can be divided between a search task and a pointing task. Results suggest that shared attentional resources between two tasks degrades performance on both tasks. Movement latency, but not movement time, was also affected by dual task conditions. In a second study, we mapped the spatiotemporal profile of attention relative to a reach. Results showed a consistent pattern of facilitation in the planning stages of the reach, with attention increasing and then reaching a plateau during the completion of the movement before dropping off. Altogether, the results suggest that attention can be deployed dynamically during a goal directed movement and affect the outcome of the movement.

Anna was awarded a BA (Hons) from the University of Sydney and a PhD from Macquarie University. She worked as a postdoctoral fellow at UWA with Prof John Ross and Prof David Badcock. Following this Anna won a Rachel C Atkinson Fellowship to work with Dr Suzanne McKee at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in San Francisco. She returned to Australia to take up a lectureship at the University of Adelaide and is currently an Assoc Prof in the School of Psychology
Speaker(s) Associate Professor Ann Ma-Wyatt
Location The University of Western Australia, Bayliss Lecture Theatre, Chemistry, G33
Contact David Badcock <[email protected]> : 64883247
Start Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:00
End Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:45
Submitted by Elizabeth Thompson <[email protected]>
Last Updated Tue, 10 Feb 2015 15:35
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