Eye can't see it: The interference of subliminal distractors on saccade metrics

S. van der Stigchel, M.G.J. Mulckhuijse, J. Theeuwes

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Abstract

The present study investigated whether subliminal (unconsciously perceived) visual information influences eye movement metrics, like saccade trajectories and endpoints. Participants made eye movements upwards and downwards while a subliminal distractor was presented in the periphery. Results showed that the subliminal distractor interfered with the execution of an eye movement, although the effects were smaller compared to a control experiment in which the distractor was presented supraliminal. Because saccade metrics are mediated by low level brain areas, this indicates that subliminal visual information evokes competition at a very low level in the oculomotor system. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2104-2109
JournalVision Research
Volume49
Issue number16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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