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Knowing where one will hit a moving object influences eye-head-hand coordination

de la Malla, Cristina; Rushton, Simon K; Clark, Kait; Smeets, Jeroen B J; Brenner, Eli


Cristina de la Malla

Simon K Rushton

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Dr Kait Clark
Senior Lecturer in Psychology (Cognitive and Neuro)

Jeroen B J Smeets

Eli Brenner


Does the predictability of a target's movement and of the interception location influence how the target is intercepted? In a first experiment, we manipulated the predictability of the interception location. A target moved along a haphazardly curved path, and subjects attempted to tap on it when it entered a hitting zone. The hitting zone was either a large ring surrounding the targets starting position (Ring condition) or a small disk that became visible before the target appeared (Disk condition). The interception location gradually became apparent in the Ring condition, whereas it was immediately apparent in the Disk condition. In the Ring condition subjects pursued the target with their gaze. Their head and hand gradually moved in the direction of the future tap position. In the Disk condition subjects immediately directed their gaze towards the hitting zone by moving both their eyes and heads. They also moved their hands to the future tap position sooner than in the Ring condition. In a second and third experiment we made the targets movement more predictable. Although this made the targets easier to pursue, subjects now shifted their gaze to the hitting zone soon after the target appeared in the Ring condition. In the Disk condition they still usually shifted their gaze to the hitting zone at the beginning of the trial. Together, the experiments show that predictability of the interception location is more important than predictability of target movement in determining how we move to intercept targets.


de la Malla, C., Rushton, S. K., Clark, K., Smeets, J. B. J., & Brenner, E. (2017, September). Knowing where one will hit a moving object influences eye-head-hand coordination. Poster presented at European Conference on Visual Perception, Berlin, Germany

Presentation Conference Type Poster
Conference Name European Conference on Visual Perception
Conference Location Berlin, Germany
Start Date Sep 1, 2017
End Date Sep 1, 2017
Acceptance Date Jun 1, 2017
Publication Date Sep 1, 2017
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
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Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : European Conference on Visual Perception