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Under these conditions, it is highly unlikely that the parafoveal prime is overtly attended to, as revealed by the absence of fixations on the prime words in the Calvo and Eysenck (2008) eye-movement studies (using comparable spatial and temporal parameters), thus being available only to covert attention.
In order to compare the influence of covert attention orientation on the parameters of presaccadic EEG potentials, only stimuli with a decrease in LP magnitude in conditions of directed attention were analyzed, in comparison to neutral conditions.
1987), in their pre-motor theory of attention, argued that the oculomotor and covert attention mechanisms both utilize motor control circuits.
A covert attention shift occurs when the focus of attention moves to an area of the peripheral or parafoveal visual field independent of overt movements: this process is commonly referred to as 'looking out of the corner of your eye'.