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ERIC Number: EJ932352
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 68
ISSN: ISSN-0096-1523
Interference Effects in Bimanual Coordination Are Independent of Movement Type
Calvin, Sarah; Huys, Raoul; Jirsa, Viktor K.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, v36 n6 p1553-1564 Dec 2010
Simultaneously executed limb movements interfere with each other. Whereas the interference between discrete movements is examined mostly from a cognitive perspective, that between rhythmic movements is studied mainly from a dynamical systems perspective. As the tools and concepts developed by both communities are limited in their applicability to the other domain, it remains unclear if a common cause underlies motor interference in both domains. We investigated the interference between simultaneously executed discrete and rhythmic wrist movements. The discrete movements' reaction time and movement time decreased with increasing rhythmic movement frequency. The discrete movements accelerated or decelerated the rhythmic movements in a manner that depended on movement frequency and the discrete movement's initiation phase. The acceleration/deceleration profile was bimodal at low frequencies and unimodal at high frequencies, mimicking the hallmark feature of rhythmic-rhythmic coordination, thus suggesting that interference between movements may be invariant across different movement types. (Contains 7 footnotes, 4 tables, and 8 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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