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Perceptual coupling in rhythmic movement coordination: stable perception leads to stable action

Wilson, A.D., Collins, D.R. and Bingham, G.P. (2005) Perceptual coupling in rhythmic movement coordination: stable perception leads to stable action. Experimental Brain Research, 164 (4). pp. 517-528. ISSN 0014-4819

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Rhythmic movement coordination exhibits characteristic patterns of stability, specifically that movements at 0° mean relative phase are maximally stable, 180° is stable but less so than 0°, and other coordinations are unstable without training. Recent research has demonstrated a role for perception in creating this pattern; perceptual variability judgments covary with movement variability results. This suggests that the movement results could be due in part to differential perceptual resolution of the target movement coordinations. The current study used a paradigm that enabled simultaneous access to both perception (between-trial) and movement (within-trial) stability measures. A visually specified 0° target mean relative phase enabled participants to produce stable movements when the movements were at a non-0° relationship to the target being tracked. Strong relationships were found between within-trial stability (the traditional movement measure) and between-trial stability (the traditional perceptual judgment measure), suggestive of a role for perception in producing coordination stability phenomena. The stabilization was incomplete, however, indicating that visual perception was not the sole determinant of movement stability. Rhythmic movement coordination is intrinsically a perception/action system.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Biological Sciences (Leeds) > Institute of Membrane and Systems Biology (Leeds) > Cardiovascular and Sports Sciences Group (Leeds)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2009 16:27
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2015 17:30
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00221-005-2272-3
Status: Published
Publisher: Springer
Identification Number: 10.1007/s00221-005-2272-3
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/9809

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