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What Neuroscientific Studies Tell Us about Inhibition of Return

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Division of Psychology, School of Medicine, College of Health and Medicine, University of Tasmania, Launceston, Tasmania 7250, Australia
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Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Faculty of Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2, Canada
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Vision 2019, 3(4), 58; https://doi.org/10.3390/vision3040058
Received: 1 April 2019 / Revised: 11 September 2019 / Accepted: 1 October 2019 / Published: 29 October 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Eye Movements and Visual Cognition)
An inhibitory aftermath of orienting, inhibition of return (IOR), has intrigued scholars since its discovery about 40 years ago. Since then, the phenomenon has been subjected to a wide range of neuroscientific methods and the results of these are reviewed in this paper. These include direct manipulations of brain structures (which occur naturally in brain damage and disease or experimentally as in TMS and lesion studies) and measurements of brain activity (in humans using EEG and fMRI and in animals using single unit recording). A variety of less direct methods (e.g., computational modeling, developmental studies, etc.) have also been used. The findings from this wide range of methods support the critical role of subcortical and cortical oculomotor pathways in the generation and nature of IOR. View Full-Text
Keywords: inhibition of return; oculomotor system; orienting inhibition of return; oculomotor system; orienting
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Satel, J.; Wilson, N.R.; Klein, R.M. What Neuroscientific Studies Tell Us about Inhibition of Return. Vision 2019, 3, 58.

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