Dec 7, 2005

Hierarchical organisation of neuro-anatomical constraints in interlimb coordination

Human Movement Science
S Riek, Daniel Woolley


Based on the observation that bimanual finger tapping movements tend toward mirror symmetry with respect to the body midline, despite the synchronous activation of non-homologous muscles, F. Mechsner, D. Kerzel, G. Knoblich, and W. Prinz (2001) [Perceptual basis of bimanual coordination. Nature, 414, 69-73] suggested that the basis of rhythmic coordination is purely spatial/perceptual in nature, and independent of the neuro-anatomical constraints of the motor system. To investigate this issue further, we employed a four finger tapping task similar to that used by F. Mechsner and G. Knoblich (2004) [Do muscle matter in bimanual coordination? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 30, 490-503] in which six male participants were required to alternately tap combinations of adjacent pairs of index (I), middle (M) and ring (R) fingers of each hand in time with an auditory metronome. The metronome pace increased continuously from 1 Hz to 3 Hz over the course of a 30-s trial. Each participant performed three blocks of trials in which finger combination for each hand (IM or MR) and mode of coordination (mirror or parallel) were presented in random order. Within each block, the right hand was placed in one...Continue Reading

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Ring Finger Domain
Neuro-Oncological Ventral Antigen 2
Extensor Muscle
Cortex Bone Disorders
Adrenal Cortex Diseases
Middle Finger Structure
Flexor (Anatomical Coordinate)
Structure of Left Hand
Entire Central Nervous System

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