Methods to explore the influence of top-down visual processes on motor behavior.


Kinesthetic awareness is important to successfully navigate the environment. When we interact with our daily surroundings, some aspects of movement are deliberately planned, while others spontaneously occur below conscious awareness. The deliberate component of this dichotomy has been studied extensively in several contexts, while the spontaneous component remains largely under-explored. Moreover, how perceptual processes modulate these movement classes is still unclear. In particular, a currently debated issue is whether the visuomotor system is governed by the spatial percept produced by a visual illusion or whether it is not affected by the illusion and is governed instead by the veridical percept. Bistable percepts such as 3D depth inversion illusions (DIIs) provide an excellent context to study such interactions and balance, particularly when used in combination with reach-to-grasp movements. In this study, a methodology is developed that uses a DII to clarify the role of top-down processes on motor action, particularly exploring how reaches toward a target on a DII are affected in both deliberate and spontaneous movement domains.

DOI: 10.3791/51422

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@article{Nguyen2014MethodsTE, title={Methods to explore the influence of top-down visual processes on motor behavior.}, author={J. Nguyen and Thomas V. Papathomas and Jay H. Ravaliya and Elizabeth B. Torres}, journal={Journal of visualized experiments : JoVE}, year={2014}, volume={86} }