Many studies have found a strong coupling between selective attention and eye movements. While it has already been shown that the attentional shift is not directly coupled to the final stages of motor execution, it is currently unknown to what aspect of the earlier stages of saccade preparation the attentional shift is coupled. In a new paper in Journal of Vision, Stefan and Jelmer de Vries show that attention is coupled to active oculomotor programs, but not part of the resolution of these programs towards the execution of the saccade.
Van der Stigchel, S., & de Vries, J.P. (in press). There is no attentional global effect: Attentional shifts are independent of the saccade endpoint. Journal of Vision