Cue-locked lateralized components in a tactile spatial attention task: Evidence for a functional dissociation between ADAN and LSN

Gherri, E., Gooray, E. & Forster, B. (2016). Cue-locked lateralized components in a tactile spatial attention task: Evidence for a functional dissociation between ADAN and LSN. Psychophysiology, 53(4), pp. 507-517. doi: 10.1111/psyp.12596

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Abstract

ERP studies investigating the control processes responsible for spatial orienting in touch have consistently observed that the anterior directing attention negativity (ADAN) elicited by an attention-directing cue is followed by a sustained negativity contralateral to the cued hand. Recent evidence suggested that the later negativity, labeled late somatotopic negativity (LSN), might reflect distinct neurocognitive processes from those associated with the ADAN. To investigate the functional meaning of the ADAN and LSN components, we measured ERPs elicited by bilateral tactile cues indicating to covertly shift tactile attention to the left or right hand. Participants performed two spatial attention tasks that differed only for the difficulty of the target/nontarget discrimination at attended locations. The LSN but not the ADAN was sensitive to our experimental manipulation of task difficulty, suggesting that this component might reflect sensory-specific preparatory processes prior to a forthcoming tactile stimulus.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Gherri, E., Gooray, E. and Forster, B. (2016), Cue-locked lateralized components in a tactile spatial attention task: Evidence for a functional dissociation between ADAN and LSN. Psychophysiology, 53: 507–517., which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/psyp.12596. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Uncontrolled Keywords: ERPs; Tactile attention; Somatosensory processes
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Divisions: School of Social Sciences > Department of Psychology
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/13770

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