Vision and Motor Control

Edited by

  • L. Proteau, Department of Physical Education, University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • D. Elliott, Motor Behaviour Laboratory, Department of Physical Education, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Since the classic studies of Woodworth (1899), the role ofvision in the control of movement has been an importantresearch topic in experimental psychology. While many earlystudies were concerned with the relative importance of visionand kinesthesis and/or the time it takes to use visualinformation, recent theoretical and technical developmentshave stimulated scientists to ask questions about howdifferent sources of visual information contribute to motorcontrol in different contexts.

In this volume, articles arepresented that provide a broad coverage of the currentresearch and theory on vision and human motor learning andcontrol. Many of the contributors are colleagues that have metover the years at the meetings and conferences concerned withhuman movement. They represent a wide range of affiliation andbackground including kinesiology, physical education,neurophysiology, cognitive psychology and neuropsychology.Thus the topic of vision and motor control is addressed from anumber of different perspectives. In general, each author setsan empirical and theoretical framework for their topic, andthen discusses current work from their own laboratory, and howit fits into the larger context. A synthesis chapter at the end of the volume identifies commonalities in the work and suggests directions for future experimentation.

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Book information

  • Published: February 1992
  • Imprint: NORTH-HOLLAND
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-88816-7

Table of Contents

Part One: Manual Aiming. 1. Visual processing time and the control of movement (L.G. Carlton). 2. Intermittent versus continuous control of manual aiming movements (D. Elliott). 3. Visual feedback processing and manualasymmetries: An evolving perspective (R.G. Carson). 4. On the specificity of learning and the role of visual information for movement control (L. Proteau). 5. Adaptive eye-hand coordination: Implications of prism adaptation for perceptual-motor organization (G.M. Redding, B. Wallace). 6. Coordination of eye and hand for aimed limb movements (R.A. Abrams). 7. Visual-motor control in altered gravity (M.M. Cohen, R.B. Welch). Part Two: Prehension and gesturing. 8. Eye, head and hand coordination during manual aiming (H. Carnahan). 9. Functional characteristics of prehension: From data to artificial neural networks (M. Jeannerod, R.G. Marteniuk). 10. The contributions of peripheral vision and central vision to prehension (B. Sivak, C.L. MacKenzie). 11. Limb apraxia: A process approach (E.A. Roy, C. Hall). Part Three: Spatial-Temporal Anticipation. 12. Predictive visual information sources for the regulation of action with special emphasis on catching and hitting (R.J. Bootsma, C.E. Peper). 13. Coincidence-anticipation timing: The perceptual-motor interface (M. Fleury et al.). 14. Time to contact as a determiner of action: Vision and motor control (D. Goodman,D.G. Liebermann). Part Four: Posture and Locomotion. 15. The effect of eye closure on postural sway: Converging evidence from children and a Parkinson patient (J. Starkes, C. Riach, B. Clarke). 16. The role of vision in the planning and guidance of locomotion through the environment (J. Corlett).17. Locomotor automatism and visual feedback (J. Pailhous, M. Bonnard). 18. Visual perception of self-motion (D.R. Mestre). 19. The visual control of movement (D.J. Weeks, R.W. Proctor). Subject Index.