Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
Findlay & Walker: Saccade generation

The effect of auditory distractors on saccades toward visual targets

H. Colonius a1 and P. Arndt a1
a1 Institut fuer Kognitionsforschung, Carl von Ossietzky Universitaet, D-26111 Oldenburg, Germany


The Findlay-Walker model does not consider saccades generated by auditory targets or nontargets (distractors), or by bimodal stimulation. Empirical results suggest that the effects of auditory stimulation cannot easily be incorporated into the model, neither in the WHEN nor in the WHERE system. A two-stage model by Colonius and Arndt gives a quantitative account of the facilitative effects of auditory distractors on saccadic latencies toward visual targets.