4 years ago

Saccades and reaches curve away from the other effector's target in simultaneous eye and hand movements.

Fiehler, Nissens
Simultaneous eye and hand movements are highly coordinated and tightly coupled. This raises the question whether the selection of eye and hand targets relies on a shared attentional mechanism or separate attentional systems. Previous studies have revealed conflicting results by reporting evidence for both a shared as well as separate systems. Movement properties such as movement curvature can provide novel insights into this question as they provide a sensitive measure for attentional allocation during target selection. In the current study, participants performed simultaneous eye and hand movements to the same or different visual target locations. We show that both saccade and reaching movements curve away from the other effector's target location when they are simultaneously performed to spatially distinct locations. We argue that there is a shared attentional mechanism involved in selecting eye and hand targets which may be found on the level of effector independent priority maps.

Publisher URL: http://doi.org/10.1152/jn.00618.2017

DOI: 10.1152/jn.00618.2017

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