Attentional factors in the inhibition of a reflex by a visual stimulus

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Science  07 Nov 1980:
Vol. 210, Issue 4470, pp. 673-674
DOI: 10.1126/science.7433993


A brief stimulus presented to various regions of the visual field inhibited the eyeblink elicited by a subsequent tap to the skin between the eyebrows. Subjects were able to switch their attention toward or away from the target area without moving their eyes. In doing so they changed the amount of inhibition.