Experimental Brain Research

, Volume 170, Issue 4, pp 532–542 | Cite as

An object-centred reference frame for control of grasping: effects of grasping a distractor object on visuomotor control

  • Sandhiran Patchay
  • Patrick Haggard
  • Umberto Castiello
Research Article

Abstract

Previous evidence based on perceptual integration and arbitrary responses suggests extensive cross-modal links in attention across the various modalities. Attention typically shifts to a common location across the modalities, despite the vast differences in their initial coding of space. An issue that remains unclear is whether or not these effects of multisensory coding occur during more natural tasks, such as grasping and manipulating three-dimensional objects. Using kinematic measures, we found strong effects of the diameter of a grasped distractor object on the aperture used to grasp a target object at both coincident and non-coincident locations. These results suggest that interference effects can occur between proprioceptive and visuomotor signals in grasping. Unlike other interference effects in cross-modal attention, these effects do not depend on the spatial relation between target and distractor, but occur within an object-based frame of reference.

Keywords

Kinematics Reach to grasp Multisensory information Vision Proprioception Motor control 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sandhiran Patchay
    • 1
    • 2
  • Patrick Haggard
    • 3
  • Umberto Castiello
    • 1
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyRoyal Holloway University of LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of Psychology and CounsellingUniversity of GreenwichLondonUK
  3. 3.Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and Department of PsychologyUniversity College LondonLondonUK
  4. 4.Dipartimento di Psicologia GeneraleUniversità di PadovaPadovaItaly

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