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Within the medial frontal cortex, the supplementary eye field (SEF), supplementary motor area (SMA), and pre-SMA have been implicated in the control of voluntary action, especially during motor sequences or tasks involving rapid choices between competing response plans. However, the precise roles of these areas remain controversial. Here, we study two(More)
Several common neuropsychiatric disorders (e.g., obsessive-compulsive disorder, Tourette syndrome (TS), autistic spectrum disorder) are associated with unpleasant bodily sensations that are perceived as an urge for action. Similarly, many of our everyday behaviors are also characterized by bodily sensations that we experience as urges for action. Where do(More)
This paper presents evidence in support of a serial reaction time (SRT) deficit associated with Parkinson's disease, and related to the acquisition or execution of serial-order information. Eleven patients with idiopathic Parkinson's disease, and 10 age-matched but otherwise healthy control subjects, were compared on a variant of the SRT task introduced by(More)
The role of visual information and the precise nature of the representations used in the control of prehension movements has frequently been studied by having subjects reach for target objects in the absence of visual information. Such manipulations have often been described as preventing visual feedback; however, they also impose a working memory load not(More)
Previous studies have attempted to map somatosensory space via haptic matching tasks and have shown that individuals make large and systematic matching errors, the magnitude and angular direction of which vary systematically through the workspace. Based upon such demonstrations, it has been suggested that haptic space is non-Euclidian. This conclusion(More)
Ensuring that behavior remains appropriate over time requires dynamic, flexible control. We used the task-switching procedure to investigate the mechanisms whereby advance information is used to control behavior under conditions of frequently changing task-rules. The color of target stimuli signaled which task-set (or behavioral 'rule') was required on each(More)
We investigated the extent to which a common neural mechanism is involved in task set-switching and response withholding, factors that are frequently confounded in task-switching and go/no-go paradigms. Subjects' brain activity was measured using event-related electrical potentials (ERPs) and event-related functional MRI (fMRI) neuroimaging in separate(More)
The posterior parietal cortex (PPC) is thought to play an important role in the sensorimotor transformations associated with reaching movements. In humans, damage to the PPC, particularly bilateral lesions, leads to impairments of visually guided reaching movements (optic ataxia). Recent accounts of optic ataxia based upon electrophysiological recordings in(More)
Shifts of attention can be made overtly by moving the eyes or covertly with attention being allocated to a region of space that does not correspond to the current direction of gaze. However, the precise relationship between eye movements and the covert orienting of attention remains controversial. The influential premotor theory proposes that the covert(More)
A key aspect of higher cortical function is the ability to selectively withhold or suppress action where appropriate. To examine the time course of executive control we used dense-sensor EEG recording techniques to study event-related electrical potentials (ERPs) during a visual 'go/no-go' task. We show that during both go and no-go trials there is a(More)