The Role of Attention and Perception in the Control of Visually Guided and Memory-Guided Actions

  • Author / Creator
    Armstrong, Graeme A B
  • I investigated the attentional and perceptional mechanisms involved in the control of visually guided and memory-guided actions in two experiments using event-related potentials (ERPS). In the first dual task experiment, participants performed reciprocal aiming in visually guided and memory-guided modes while simultaneously performing a dichotic listening task from which ERPs were collected. A decrease in mismatch negativity (MMN) component amplitude during visually guided aiming suggests that it requires more automatic attention, and an increase in P300 component latency during memory-guided aiming suggests that it requires more voluntary attention. In the second experiment, ERPs were collected while participants were presented with pictures of tools and, after a delay, either pantomimed how each tool was used (go) or did nothing (no-go). No differences in perception-related N170 amplitude were found between go and no-go trials but limitations of this experiment impede conclusions as to the role of N170 mechanisms in delayed action planning.

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    Fall 2012
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    Master of Science
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    University of Alberta
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    • Caplan, Jeremy (Psychology/Neuroscience)
    • Collins, David (Physical Education and Recreation/Neuroscience)
    • Pearson, Keir (Physiology/Neuroscience)
    • Treit, Dallas (Psychology/Neuroscience)