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    The standard posture of the hand

    Romano, D. and Tamè, Luigi and Amoruso, E. and Azanon Gracia, Elena and Maravita, A. and Longo, Matthew R. (2019) The standard posture of the hand. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance 45 (9), pp. 1164-1173. ISSN 0096-1523.

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    Perceived limb position is known to rely on sensory signals and motor commands. Another potential source of input is a standard representation of body posture, which may bias perceived limb position towards more stereotyped positions. Recent results show that tactile stimuli are processed more efficiently when delivered to a thumb in a relatively low position or an index finger in a relatively high position. This observation suggests that we may have a standard posture of the body that promotes a more efficient interaction with the environment. In this study, we mapped the standard posture of the entire hand by characterizing the spatial associations of all five digits. Moreover, we show that the effect is not an artefact of intermanual integration. Results showed that the thumb is associated with low positions, while the other fingers are associated with upper locations.


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    Additional Information: ©American Psychological Association 2019. This paper is not the copy of record and may not exactly replicate the authoritative document published in the APA journal. Please do not copy or cite without author's permission. The final article is available, upon publication, at the DOI cited above.
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Matthew Longo
    Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2019 14:03
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:50


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