The planning and control of reaching movements

Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2000 Dec;10(6):740-6. doi: 10.1016/s0959-4388(00)00149-5.


The notion of internal models has become central to the study of visually guided reaching. Armed with this theoretical framework, researchers are gleaning insights into long-standing problems in the field, such as the ability to respond rapidly to changes in the location of a reach target and the fine control of the multi-joint dynamics of the arm. A key factor in these advances is our increased understanding of how the brain integrates feedforward control signals, sensory feedback, and predictions based on internal models of the arm.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Arm / physiology
  • Cognition / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Movement / physiology*
  • Parietal Lobe / physiology
  • Psychomotor Performance / physiology*