The Quiet Eye and Information Processing: Facilitation of Stimulus Identification and Response Selection

Klostermann, André; Kredel, Ralf; Hossner, Ernst-Joachim (10 September 2015). The Quiet Eye and Information Processing: Facilitation of Stimulus Identification and Response Selection. Cognitive Processing, 16(Suppl 1), p. 41. Springer

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A prerequisite for high performance in motor tasks is the acquisition of egocentric sensory information that must be translated into motor actions. A phenomenon that supports this process is the Quiet Eye (QE) defined as long final fixation before movement initiation. It is assumed that the QE facilitates information processing, particularly regarding movement parameterization.
The question remains whether this facilitation also holds for the information-processing stage of response selection and – related to perception crucial – stage of stimulus identification.
In two experiments with sport science students, performance-enhancing effects of experimentally manipulated QE durations were tested as a function of target position predictability and target visibility, thereby selectively manipulating response selection and stimulus identification demands, respectively.
The results support the hypothesis of facilitated information processing through long QE durations since in both experiments performance-enhancing effects of long QE durations were found under increased processing demands only. In Experiment 1, QE duration affected performance only if the target position was not predictable and positional information had to be processed over the QE period. In Experiment 2, in a full vs. no target visibility comparison with saccades to the upcoming target position induced by flicker cues, the functionality of a long QE duration depended on the visual stimulus identification period as soon as the interval falls below a certain threshold.
The results corroborate earlier findings that QE efficiency depends on demands put on the visuomotor system, thereby furthering the assumption that the phenomenon supports the processes of sensorimotor integration.

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07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW)
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Other Institutions > Teaching Staff, Faculty of Human Sciences
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW) > Movement and Exercise Science

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Klostermann, André, Kredel, Ralf, Hossner, Ernst-Joachim


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André Klostermann

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30 Sep 2015 10:32

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05 Dec 2022 14:49


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