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Abstract

We investigated the mental rehearsal of complex action instructions by recording spontaneous eye movements of healthy adults as they looked at objects on a monitor. Participants heard consecutive instructions, each of the form "move [object] to [location]". Instructions were only to be executed after a go signal, by manipulating all objects successively with a mouse. Participants re-inspected previously mentioned objects already while listening to further instructions. This rehearsal behavior broke down after 4 instructions, coincident with participants' instruction span, as determined from subsequent execution accuracy. These results suggest that spontaneous eye movements while listening to instructions predict their successful execution.

DOI

10.1007/s00221-011-2827-4

Publication Date

2011-10-01

Publication Title

Exp Brain Res

Volume

214

Issue

2

First Page

249

Last Page

259

Organisational Unit

School of Psychology

Keywords

Acoustic Stimulation, Adolescent, Adult, Attention, Eye Movements, Female, Humans, Learning, Male, Memory, Short-Term, Pattern Recognition, Visual, Photic Stimulation, Young Adult

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