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Altered visual perception near the hands: a critical review of attentional and neurophysiological models

Goodhew, Stephanie Catherine; Edwards, Mark; Ferber, Susanne; Pratt, Jay

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Visual perception changes as a function of hand proximity. While various theoretical accounts have been offered for this alteration (attentional prioritisation, bimodal cell involvement, detailed evaluation, and magnocellular neuron input enhancement), the current literature lacks consensus on these mechanisms. The purpose of this review, therefore, is to critically review the existing body of literature in light of these distinct theoretical accounts. We find that a growing number of results...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorGoodhew, Stephanie Catherine
dc.contributor.authorEdwards, Mark
dc.contributor.authorFerber, Susanne
dc.contributor.authorPratt, Jay
dc.date.accessioned2015-05-29T06:24:19Z
dc.date.available2015-05-29T06:24:19Z
dc.identifier.issn0149-7634
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/13645
dc.description.abstractVisual perception changes as a function of hand proximity. While various theoretical accounts have been offered for this alteration (attentional prioritisation, bimodal cell involvement, detailed evaluation, and magnocellular neuron input enhancement), the current literature lacks consensus on these mechanisms. The purpose of this review, therefore, is to critically review the existing body of literature in light of these distinct theoretical accounts. We find that a growing number of results support the magnocellular (M-cell) enhancement account, and are difficult to reconcile with general attention-based explanations. Despite this key theoretical development in the field, there has been some ambiguity with interpretations offered in recent papers, for example, equating the existing attentional and M-cell based explanations, when in fact they make contrasting predictions. We therefore highlight the differential predictions arising from the distinct theoretical accounts. Importantly, however, we also offer novel perspectives that synthesises the role of attention and neurophysiological mechanisms in understanding altered visual perception near the hands. We envisage that this theoretical development will ensure that the field can progress from documenting behavioural differences, to a consensus on the underlying visual and neurophysiological mechanisms.
dc.description.sponsorshipThis research was supported by an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Research Award (DE140101734) awarded to S.C.G., ARC Discovery Project (DP110104553) awarded to M.E, a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Discovery Grants awarded S.F. and J.P.
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.rights© Crown Copyright, 2015 Published by Elsevier.
dc.rightshttp://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/0149-7634/..."Authors pre-print on any website, including arXiv and RePEC" from SHERPA/RoMEO site (as at 2/06/15)
dc.sourceNeuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews
dc.subjectattention
dc.subjectattentional spotlight
dc.subjectbimodal cells
dc.subjectbimodal neurons
dc.subjectmagnocellular
dc.subjectnear-hand space
dc.subjectparvocellular
dc.subjectperipersonal space
dc.subjectspatial acuity
dc.subjecttemporal acuity
dc.titleAltered visual perception near the hands: a critical review of attentional and neurophysiological models
dc.typeJournal article
local.identifier.citationvolume55
dcterms.dateAccepted2015-05-05
dc.date.issued2015-05-12
local.identifier.absfor170112 - Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance
local.identifier.absfor170201 - Computer Perception, Memory and Attention
local.identifier.absfor110900 - NEUROSCIENCES
local.identifier.ariespublicationa383154xPUB2203
local.publisher.urlhttp://www.elsevier.com/
local.type.statusSubmitted Version
local.contributor.affiliationGoodhew, S. C., Research School of Psychology, College of Medicine, Biology & Environment, The Australian National University
dc.relationhttp://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DE140101734
dc.relationhttp://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP110104553
local.identifier.essn1873-7528
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage223
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage233
local.identifier.doi10.1016/j.neubiorev.2015.05.006
dc.date.updated2015-12-10T11:52:01Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84929577895
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