Potential threat attracts attention and interferes with voluntary saccades.

  title={Potential threat attracts attention and interferes with voluntary saccades.},
  author={Lisette J Schmidt and Artem V. Belopolsky and Jan Theeuwes},
  volume={15 3},
Several studies have shown that threatening stimuli are prioritized by the visual system. In the present study we investigated whether a stimulus associated with a threat of electrical shock attracts attention and accordingly interferes with the execution of voluntary eye movements to other locations. In 2 experiments, we showed that when a fear-conditioned and a neutral stimulus were presented simultaneously, voluntary saccades were initiated faster toward fear-conditioned compared with… CONTINUE READING
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