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It has been proposed that actions are intrinsically linked to perception and that imagining, observing, preparing, or in any way representing an action excites the motor programs used to execute that same action. There is neurophysiological evidence that certain brain regions involved in executing actions are activated by the mere observation of action (the(More)
1. Subjects were instructed to reach and grasp cylindrical objects, using a precision grip. The objects were two concentric dowels made of translucent material placed at 35 cm from the subject. The inner (“small”) dowel was 10 cm high and 1.5 cm in diameter. The outer (“large”) dowel was 6 cm high and 6 cm in diameter. Prehension movements were monitored(More)
We tested a patient (A. T.) with bilateral brain damage to the parietal lobes, whose resulting 'optic ataxia' causes her to make large pointing errors when asked to locate single light emitting diodes presented in her visual field. We report here that, unlike normal individuals, A. T.'s pointing accuracy improved when she was required to wait for 5 s before(More)
 Prehension movements of the right hand were recorded in normal subjects using a computerized motion analyzer. The kinematics and the spatial paths of markers placed at the wrist and at the tips of the index finger and thumb were measured. Cylindrical objects of different diameters (3, 6, 9 cm) were used as targets. They were placed at six different(More)
At a descriptive level, prehension movements can be partitioned into three components ensuring, respectively, the transport of the arm to the vicinity of the target, the orientation of the hand according to object tilt, and the grasp itself. Several authors have suggested that this analytic description may be an operational principle for the organization of(More)
A recently emerging view sees language understanding as closely linked to sensory and motor processes. The present study investigates this issue by examining the influence of processing action verbs and concrete nouns on the execution of a reaching movement. Fine-grained analyses of movement kinematics revealed that relative to nouns, processing action(More)
The sensitivity of the left ventral occipito-temporal (vOT) cortex to visual word processing has triggered a considerable debate about the role of this region in reading. One popular view is that the left vOT underlies the perceptual expertise needed for rapid skilled reading. Because skilled reading breaks down when words are presented in a visually(More)
The acquisition of co-ordination between posture and movement was investigated in human subjects performing a load lifting task. Sitting subjects held their left (postural) forearm in a horizontal position while supporting a 1 kg load via an electromagnet. Perturbation of the postural forearm position consisted of the load release triggered either by the(More)
Five normal subjects were tested in a simulated grasping task. A cylindrical container filled with water was placed on the center of a horizontal monitor screen. Subjects used a precision grip formed by the thumb and index finger of their right hand. After a preliminary run during which the container was present, it was replaced by an image of the upper(More)
Kinematic studies have indicated that when a subject reaches to grasp an object, the movement consists of two primary components: (a) a transport phase whereby the hand is brought towards the object and (b) a grip phase whereby the hand changes shape in anticipation of the grasp. Using a visual perturbation paradigm, we investigated the effect of different(More)