Experimental Brain Research

, Volume 160, Issue 3, pp 283–289 | Cite as

Perceived reachability: the roles of handedness and hemifield

  • Martin H. Fischer
Research Article


The impact of reaching experience on the ability to predict one’s own reaching range was investigated. Left- and right-handed participants made verbal estimates about the reachability of a target object for both arms in ipsilateral and contralateral frontal space. There was a significant overestimation bias in both groups and for both hands. The overestimation bias increased with the target object’s eccentricity in contralateral space. The implications of these findings for models of motor control and motor imagery are discussed.


Hand preference Motor imagery Movement planning Perceived reachability 



I thank Birgitt Aßfalg for data collection and John Stins for discussions about this work, as well as an anonymous reviewer for helpful comments. This work was sponsored by the Royal Society (RSRG 21632).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of DundeeDundeeUK

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