The Preparation of Aiming Movements Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • Three experiments are reported in which subjects made rapid aiming movements to visual targets with their left and right hands. In Experiments 1 and 3, a precue protocol was employed. In the "simple" reaction time condition, subjects were precued with complete information concerning the target position. In the four-choice condition, subjects were precued with partial information, indicating a subset of four possible target positions. In the eight-choice condition, advance information regarding the target position was entirely ambiguous. Results indicated that when subjects were provided with unspecific advance information concerning the position of the target, and thus were unable to partially prepare movements prior to the imperative stimulus, a left hand advantage for speed of initiation was obtained. When complete advance information was available, reaction times for the left and right hands were equivalent. The left hand advantage in choice conditions was eliminated when the accuracy of response execution was emphasized and subjects were afforded the opportunity for "on-line" preparation (Experiment 3). These data are discussed in relation to the role of the right hemisphere in the preparation of movement.

publication date

  • July 1995