Inhibition of Return in the Covert Deployment of Attention: Evidence from Human Electrophysiology

@article{McDonald2009InhibitionOR,
  title={Inhibition of Return in the Covert Deployment of Attention: Evidence from Human Electrophysiology},
  author={John J. McDonald and Clayton Hickey and Jessica J. Green and Jennifer C. Whitman},
  journal={Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience},
  year={2009},
  volume={21},
  pages={725-733}
}
People are slow to react to objects that appear at recently attended locations. This delay—known as inhibition of return (IOR)—is believed to aid search of the visual environment by discouraging inspection of recently inspected objects. However, after two decades of research, there is no evidence that IOR reflects an inhibition in the covert deployment of attention. Here, observers participated in a modified visual-search task that enabled us to measure IOR and an ERP component called the… CONTINUE READING

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