The Influence of Target Perturbation on Manual Aiming Asymmetries in Right-Handers
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Ten right-handed subjects performed 100 target-aiming movements with each hand. These movements were directed toward a small target on the midline. On 60% of the trials, the target remained stationary. On other randomly placed trials, the target "jumped" to a location 3 cm to the right (20%) or left (20%) of its original position when the cursor had travelled 6.5 cm. Although no hand differences were evident in the control condition, the right hand acquired the new target location more quickly than the left hand when the target was perturbed in either direction. Kinematic data revealed that this advantage was not due to initiating an adjustment to the initial movement more rapidly, but rather less time decelerating the corrective movement. Movement adjustments on perturbed trials were implemented more rapidly in left space than right space independent of the hand doing the aiming. These asymmetries may reflect the differential role of the two cerebral hemispheres in the control of goal-directed movements.
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