Eye-hand interactions during goal-directed pointing movements

Neuroreport. 1997 Jul 7;8(9-10):2139-42. doi: 10.1097/00001756-199707070-00010.


Saccadic eye and hand movements made to step displacements in target position were measured under conditions designed to dissociate the output of the ocular and manual motor systems. This was accomplished by having subjects look and point, either with or without vision of the hand (closed or open loop, respectively) at peripheral targets starting from independent initial positions. The results showed that the amplitude of open loop pointing responses increased in size when accompanied by saccades that were larger than the required hand movement. Providing the subject with visual feedback of the hand during the response or asking them to visually fixate caused this effect to disappear. Taken together, this pattern of results suggests that when vision of the hand is unavailable the programming of saccade metrics influences the control of simultaneously produced pointing movements in an on-line manner.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Eye Movements / physiology*
  • Feedback / physiology
  • Female
  • Hand / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Movement / physiology*
  • Task Performance and Analysis