The interaction between attention and action expectation. An ERP study

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Jones, A., Hughes, G. and Waszak, F. 2013. The interaction between attention and action expectation. An ERP study. The Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. S, pp. 115-115.
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TitleThe interaction between attention and action expectation. An ERP study
AuthorsJones, A., Hughes, G. and Waszak, F.
Abstract

Performing a voluntary action involves the anticipation of the intended effect of that action. Interaction with the environment also requires the allocation of attention. However, the effects of attention upon motor predictive processes remain unclear. Here we use a novel paradigm to investigate attention and motor prediction orthogonally. In an acquisition phase, high and low tones were associated with left and right key presses. In the following test phase, tones were presented at random and participants attended to only one ear whilst ignoring tones presented in the unattended ear. In the test phase a tone could therefore be presented at the attended or unattended ear, as well as being congruent or incongruent with prior action-effect learning. We demonstrated early and late effects of attention as well as a later independent motor prediction effect with a larger P3a for incongruent tones. Interestingly, we demonstrated an intermediate interaction, showing an action-effect negativity (NAE) for tones which were unattended, whilst no motor prediction effect was found for attended tones. This interaction pattern suggests attention and motor prediction are not opposing processes but can both operate to modulate prediction, providing valuable new insight into the relationship between attention and the effects of motor prediction.

LanguageEnglish
PublisherMIT Press
JournalThe Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
ISSN0898-929X
Electronic1530-8898
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Deposited09 Oct 2013
Output statusPublished
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Poster abstract from a conference.
20th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive-Neuroscience-Society

Web of Science identifierWOS:000317030500440
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