The inter-trial spatial biases of stimuli and goals in saccadic programming

  • Tara Rastgardani University of British Columbia
  • Mathias Abegg University of Bern
  • Jason J S Barton University of British Columbia
Keywords: averaging, colliculus, antisaccade, deviation, saccade, prosaccade


Prior studies have shown an ‘alternate antisaccade-goal bias’, in that the saccadic landing points of antisaccades were displaced towards the location of antisaccade goals used in other trials in the same experimental block. Thus the motor response in one trial induced a spatial bias of a motor response in another trial. In this study we investigated whether sensory information, i.e. the location of a visual stimulus, might have a spatial effect on a motor response too. Such an effect might be attractive as for the alternate antisaccade-goal bias or repulsive. For this purpose we used block of trials with either antisaccades, prosaccades or mixed trials in order to study the alternate-trial biases generated by antisaccade goals, antisaccade stimuli, and prosaccade goals. in contrast to the effects of alternate antisaccade goals described in prior studies, alternate antisaccade stimuli generated a significant repulsive bias of about 1.8°: furthermore, if stimulus and motor goal coincide, as with an alternate prosaccade, the repulsive effect of a stimulus prevails, causing a bias of about 0.9°. Taken together with prior results, these findings may reflect averaging of current and alternate trial activity in a salience map, with excitatory activity from the motor response and inhibitory activity from the sensory input..
How to Cite
Rastgardani, T., Abegg, M., & Barton, J. J. S. (2014). The inter-trial spatial biases of stimuli and goals in saccadic programming. Journal of Eye Movement Research, 7(4).