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A series of experiments documenting the reaching and grasping of two patients with optic ataxia is presented. We compare their immediate responses with their behavior when required to delay for a few seconds before responding. When the delayed response is 'pantomimed', i.e. made in the absence of the target object, their performance typically improves. This(More)
The visually guided reaching of two patients with bilateral optic ataxia was explored in two experiments. In Experiment 1 simple delayed pointing was compared with immediate pointing. In the immediate pointing task both variable and constant errors increased with target eccentricity. In contrast to the performance of control subjects and contrary to their(More)
"Optic ataxia" is caused by damage to the human posterior parietal cortex (PPC). It disrupts all components of a visually guided prehension movement, not only the transport of the hand toward an object's location, but also the in-flight finger movements pretailored to the metric properties of the object. Like previous cases, our patient (I.G.) was quite(More)
Prism adaptation improves visual and haptic manifestations of left neglect, and can induce a small but reliable simulation of left visual neglect in normal individuals. Here, we present two experiments in which the effects of prism adaptation on the representation of space were explored. In Experiment 1, normal subjects were required to locate the centre of(More)
When reaching towards a visual stimulus, spatial information about the target must be transformed into an appropriate motor command. Visual information is coded initially in retinotopic coordinates, while the reaching movement ultimately requires the specification of the target position in limb-centred coordinates. It is well established that the posterior(More)
We used an obstacle avoidance task to test two opposing accounts of how the nervous system controls prehension. The visuomotor account supposes that the system independently controls the grip formation and transport phase of prehensile movements. In contrast, the digit channel hypothesis suggests that the system controls the thumb and finger more or less(More)
We asked 12 patients with left visual neglect to bisect the gap between two cylinders or to reach rapidly between them to a more distal target zone. Both tasks demanded a motor response but these responses were quite different in nature. The bisection response was a communicative act whereby the patient indicated the perceived midpoint. The reaching task(More)
When normal subjects grasp with their right hand a rectangular object placed at different orientations in the horizontal plane, they change from a 'thumb left' (clockwise) to a 'thumb right' (anti-clockwise) grasp when the orientation exceeds about 110 degrees , with respect to the mid-sagittal plane. This suggests planning of the final grip orientation at,(More)
The human nervous system constructs a Euclidean representation of near (personal) space by combining multiple sources of information (cues). We investigated the cues used for the representation of personal space in a patient with visual form agnosia (DF). Our results indicated that DF relies predominantly on binocular vergence information when determining(More)
Right hemisphere damaged patients with and without left visual neglect, and age-matched controls had objects of various sizes presented within left or right body hemispace. Subjects were asked to estimate the objects' sizes or to reach out and grasp them, in order to assess visual size processing in perceptual-experiential and action-based contexts(More)