Rudmer, together with Chris Dijkerman and Stefan, has a new flashy publication in Psychological Bulletin & Review. We investigated the relation between obstacle avoidance and simple spatial cues. We found that the tuning of avoidance responses can be influenced by spatial cues. Moreover, the results indicate that this tuning occurs only on the -already stronger- avoidance response to a right-side obstacle (see graph). We speculate that the obstacle that is flashed receives more attentional weighting in the attentional landscape and in turn prompts a stronger repulsion away from the obstacle.
Menger, R., Dijkerman, H. C., Van der Stigchel, S. (in press). It is flash which appears, the movement will follow: investigating the relation between spatial attention and obstacle avoidance. Psychological Bulletin & Review.