ERIC Number: EJ777460
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
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Hand Path Priming in Manual Obstacle Avoidance: Evidence for Abstract Spatiotemporal Forms in Human Motor Control
van der Wel, Robrecht P. R. D.; Fleckenstein, Robin M.; Jax, Steven A.; Rosenbaum, David A.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, v33 n5 p1117-1126 Oct 2007
Previous research suggests that motor equivalence is achieved through reliance on effector-independent spatiotemporal forms. Here the authors report a series of experiments investigating the role of such forms in the production of movement sequences. Participants were asked to complete series of arm movements in time with a metronome and, on some trials, with an obstacle between 1 or more of the target pairs. In moves following an obstacle, participants only gradually reduced the peak heights of their manual jumping movements. This hand path priming effect, scaled with obstacle height, was preserved when participants cleared the obstacle with 1 hand and continued with the other, and it was modulated by future task demands. The results are consistent with the hypothesis that the control of movement sequences relies on abstract spatiotemporal forms. The data also support the view that motor programming is largely achieved by changing just those features that distinguish the next movement to be made from the movement that was just made.
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