COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE AND NEUROPSYCHOLOGYEffects of sound location on visual task performance and electrophysiological measures of distractionCorral, Maria-Jose; Escera, CarlesAuthor Information Cognitive Neuroscience Research Group, Department of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychobiology, University of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain Correspondence to Carles Escera, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychobiology, University of Barcelona, P. Vall d'Hebron 171, 08035-Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain Tel: +34 93 3125048; fax: +34 93 4021584; e-mail: email@example.com Received 16 June 2008; accepted 16 July 2008 NeuroReport: October 8th, 2008 - Volume 19 - Issue 15 - p 1535-1539 doi: 10.1097/WNR.0b013e3283110416 Buy SDC Metrics Abstract Novel sounds embedded in a repetitive stream of auditory stimuli impair performance of the visual task at hand. Parmentier et al. suggested that this distraction effect might be because of the shifting cost of moving attention from the task-irrelevant (auditory) to the task-relevant (visual) channel, or from their shifting of spatial locations. Here, the source location of the sounds in an audio-visual distraction paradigm was varied systematically (headphones and 0, −18, −72, 18, and 72°), and the results revealed significant distracting effects of novel sounds occurring in the headphone and the right location conditions. This supports the assumption that in the behavioral cost observed in the audio-visual distraction paradigm a spatial shift of attention is involved. © 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.