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Marie Veyrat-Masson, Julien Brière, Luc Proteau; Automaticity of online control processes in manual aiming. Journal of Vision 2010;10(14):27. doi: https://doi.org/10.1167/10.14.27.
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Experiments that manipulated the visual feedback of the moving limb have suggested the existence of efficient and automatic online correction processes. We wanted to determine whether the latency/gain of the correction for a cursor jump are only influenced by the size of the cursor jump or whether they are also influenced by the need of a correction for the target to be reached. In Experiment 1, we used two target sizes (5 and 30 mm) and three cursor-jump amplitudes (5, 15, and 25 mm), so that for some target size/cursor-jump combinations, no correction would be needed to reach the target. Participants were not aware of the cursor jump, but we observed a 65% correction regardless of target size. In Experiment 2, participants pointed at a large target for which a 15-mm cursor jump never impeded target attainment. Participants modified the trajectory of their movement in the direction opposite to the cursor jump (42% of the cursor jump). Our results indicate that the latency of the correction for a cursor jump was not influenced by the size of the cursor jump or that of the target. However, the correction tailored the movement's initial impulse according to the target's characteristics.
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