People typically respond faster to target stimuli whose location has previously been "cued". However, this effect turns around when the interval between cue and target is over 300 m (Klein, 20000). This latter effect is known as Inhibition Of Return (IOR).

Interestingly, IOR is not observed when the cue is endogenous and when no saccades are being made.

In a study by Filotheo and colleagues (1997), healthy individuals and people suffering from Parkinson’s disease were compared in both endogenous and exogenous cueing. The prediction is that when people are not making saccades (e.g., because they have been instructed to keep fixating on the fixation point), there should only be IOR in the exogenous condition. But is that true? Try it yourself!

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Data output file

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Meaning of the columns in the output datafile. You need this information for your data analysis.



BLOCKNAME &training $cuetype $valid $SOA $waitkeytime $tooearly $cue $target STATUS RT


Name of block


Training (0=no training block, 1=training block)


Type of cue (1=endogenous, 2=exogenous)


cue validity (0=invalid, 1=valid)


soa (time between cue and target, 50, 150, 250, 1000 ms)


the time the participant waited to press the central button


was response too early (0=no, 1=yes)


cue position (1=left, 2=top, 3=right, 4=bottom)


target position (1=left, 2=top, 3=right, 4=bottom)


Status (1=correct, 2=wrong, 3=timeout)


Reaction time (ms)


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Further reading

  • Filoteo, J.V., Delis, D.C., Salmon, D.P., Demadura, T., Roman, M.J. & Shults, C. W. (1997). _Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 3, 337-347.