Denise Y. P. Henriques

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Establishing a coherent internal reference frame for visuospatial representation and maintaining the integrity of this frame during eye movements are thought to be crucial for both perception and motor control. A stable headcentric representation could be constructed by internally comparing retinal signals with eye position. Alternatively, visual memory(More)
Goal-directed reaches are rapidly adapted following exposure to misaligned visual feedback of the hand. It has been suggested that these changes in reaches result in sensory recalibration (i.e., realigning proprioceptive estimates of hand position to match the visual estimates). In the current study we tested whether visuomotor adaptation results in(More)
The aim of this study was to: (1) quantify errors in open-loop pointing toward a spatially central (but retinally peripheral) visual target with gaze maintained in various eccentric horizontal, vertical, and oblique directions; and (2) determine the computational source of these errors. Eye and arm orientations were measured with the use of search coils(More)
In the 19th century, Donders observed that only one three-dimensional eye orientation is used for each gaze direction. Listing's law further specifies that the full set of eye orientation vectors forms a plane, whereas the equivalent Donders' law for the head, the Fick strategy, specifies a twisted two-dimensional range. Surprisingly, despite considerable(More)
Motor adaptation in response to a visuomotor distortion arises when the usual motor command no longer results in the predicted sensory output. In this study, we examined if exposure to a sensory discrepancy was sufficient on its own to produce changes in reaches and recalibrate the sense of felt hand position in the absence of any voluntary movements.(More)
The saccade generator updates memorized target representations for saccades during eye and head movements. Here, we tested if proprioceptive feedback from the arm can also update handheld object locations for saccades, and what intrinsic coordinate system(s) is used in this transformation. We measured radial saccades beginning from a central light-emitting(More)
Our ability to recognize and manipulate objects relies on our haptic sense of the objects' geometry. But little is known about the acuity of haptic perception compared to other senses like sight and hearing. Here, we determined how accurately humans could sense various geometric features of objects across the workspace. Subjects gripped the handle of a(More)
Eye-hand coordination requires the brain to integrate visual information with the continuous changes in eye, head, and arm positions. This is a geometrically complex process because the eyes, head, and shoulder have different centers of rotation. As a result, head rotation causes the eye to translate with respect to the shoulder. The present study examines(More)
Eye–hand coordination is geometrically complex. To compute the location of a visual target relative to the hand, the brain must consider every anatomical link in the chain from retinas to fingertips. Here we focus on the first three links, studying how the brain handles information about the angles of the two eyes and the head. It is known that people, even(More)
Previous studies have shown that both young and older subjects adapt their reaches in response to a visuomotor distortion. It has been suggested that one’s continued ability to adapt to a visuomotor distortion with advancing age is due to the preservation of implicit learning mechanisms, where implicit learning mechanisms include processes that realign(More)