Reliance on visual attention during visuomotor adaptation: an SSVEP study

Reuter, Eva-Maria, Bednark, Jeffrey and Cunnington, Ross (2015) Reliance on visual attention during visuomotor adaptation: an SSVEP study. Experimental Brain Research, 233 7: 2041-2051. doi:10.1007/s00221-015-4275-z

Author Reuter, Eva-Maria
Bednark, Jeffrey
Cunnington, Ross
Title Reliance on visual attention during visuomotor adaptation: an SSVEP study
Journal name Experimental Brain Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1432-1106
Publication date 2015-07-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s00221-015-4275-z
Volume 233
Issue 7
Start page 2041
End page 2051
Total pages 11
Place of publication Heidelberg Germany
Publisher Springer
Language eng
Abstract Visuomotor adaptation involves the learning of a new mapping between a spatial goal and well-learned movements. In order to learn a new visuomotor transformation, visual attention is needed to monitor movements and their visual consequences. Once a transformation is learnt, it can be executed automatically without attentional control. Using steady-state visual evoked potentials (SSVEPs) measured from EEG activity, we examined how visual attention changes during the early phase of visuomotor adaptation. SSVEPs were elicited by a green disc flickering at 15 Hz which was either the movement target or the cursor that participants controlled. Participants performed an adapted continuous visuomotor adaptation task with either 60° or 120° screen cursor rotation, and changes in 15-Hz SSVEP power were examined. Participants’ performance improved over time in all conditions, with the rate of learning significantly influenced by the degree of rotation. SSVEPs at 15 Hz showed a significant change over time with adaptation for 60° rotations, but not for 120° rotations, such that SSVEPs elicited by the stimuli were significantly lower for 60° compared with 120° rotation conditions over the last adaptation blocks. This suggests that visual attention to the movement target and feedback reduces over time as performance improves during visuomotor adaptation for easier rotations, but must be maintained throughout the task for more difficult 120° rotations that might require more strategic control.
Keyword Visuomotor transformation
Motor learning
Steady-state visual evoked potentials
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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