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    The effects of instrumental action on perceptual hand maps

    Longo, Matthew R. (2018) The effects of instrumental action on perceptual hand maps. Experimental Brain Research 236 (11), pp. 3113-3119. ISSN 0014-4819.

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    Perceiving the external spatial location of body parts using position sense requires that immediate proprioceptive afferent signals be integrated with information about body size and shape. Longo and Haggard (Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 107:11727–11732, 2010) developed a method to measure perceptual hand maps reflecting this metric information about body size and shape. In this paradigm, participants indicate the perceived location of landmarks on their occluded hand by pointing with a long baton held in their other hand. By comparing the relative location of judgments of different hand landmarks, perceptual hand maps can be constructed and compared to actual hand structure. The maps show large and highly stereotyped distortions. Here, I investigated the potential effect of biases related to active motor control of the hand doing the pointing in these distortions. Participants localized the fingertip and knuckle of each finger on their occluded left hand either by actively pointing with a baton held in their right hand (pointing condition) or by giving verbal commands to an experimenter on how to move the baton (verbal condition). Similar distortions were clearly apparent in both conditions, suggesting that they are not an artifact of motor control biases related to the pointing hand.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: The final publication is available at Springer via the link above.
    School: School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Matthew Longo
    Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2018 13:19
    Last Modified: 10 Feb 2021 15:31


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