Hitting a moving target: Perception and action in the timing of rapid interceptions

Tresilian, James R. (2005) Hitting a moving target: Perception and action in the timing of rapid interceptions. Perception & Psychophysics, 67 1: 129-149. doi:10.3758/BF03195017

Author Tresilian, James R.
Title Hitting a moving target: Perception and action in the timing of rapid interceptions
Journal name Perception & Psychophysics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0031-5117
Publication date 2005-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3758/BF03195017
Volume 67
Issue 1
Start page 129
End page 149
Total pages 21
Editor T. Carr
Place of publication Austin, Texas
Publisher Psychonomic Society
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subject 321403 Motor Control
780108 Behavioural and cognitive sciences
Abstract Different interceptive tasks and modes of interception (hitting or capturing) do not necessarily involve similar control processes. Control based on preprogramming of movement parameters is possible for actions with brief movement times but is now widely rejected; continuous perceptuomotor control models are preferred for all types of interception. The rejection of preprogrammed control and acceptance of continuous control is evaluated for the timing of rapidly executed, manual hitting actions. It is shown that a preprogrammed control model is capable of providing a convincing account of observed behavior patterns that avoids many of the arguments that have been raised against it. Prominent continuous perceptual control models are analyzed within a common framework and are shown to be interpretable as feedback control strategies. Although these models can explain observations of on-line adjustments to movement, they offer only post hoc explanations for observed behavior patterns in hitting tasks and are not directly supported by data. It is proposed that rapid manual hitting tasks make up a class of interceptions for which a preprogrammed strategy is adopted-a strategy that minimizes the role of visual feedback. Such a strategy is effective when the task demands a high degree of temporal accuracy.
Keyword Cognitive neuroscience
Aimed movement
Speed accuracy trade-off
Fast Reaching Movements
Manual Interception
Motor Control
Psychology, Experimental
Temporal Precision
Estimating Time
Q-Index Code C1

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