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Percept Psychophys. 2001 Jan;63(1):126-47.

A two-stage model for visual-auditory interaction in saccadic latencies.

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  • 1Institut für Kognitionsforschung, University of Oldenburg, Germany. hans.colonius@uni-oldenburg.de

Abstract

In two experiments, saccadic response time (SRT) for eye movements toward visual target stimuli at different horizontal positions was measured under simultaneous or near-simultaneous presentation of an auditory nontarget (distractor). The horizontal position of the auditory signal was varied, using a virtual auditory environment setup. Mean SRT to a visual target increased with distance to the auditory nontarget and with delay of the onset of the auditory signal relative to the onset of the visual stimulus. A stochastic model is presented that distinguishes a peripheral processing stage with separate parallel activation by visual and auditory information from a central processing stage at which intersensory integration takes place. Two model versions differing with respect to the role of the auditory distractors are tested against the SRT data.

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