Activity in the parietal area during visuomotor learning with optical rotation

Neuroreport. 1997 Dec 22;8(18):3979-83. doi: 10.1097/00001756-199712220-00026.


Regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) was measured in six subjects to study changes of activity in the parietal cortex during learning of a visually guided pointing task with a discrepancy of visuomotor coordination and to determine whether reorganization affects the parietal activity after learning. During the early stage of learning, the right posterior parietal cortex showed a significant increase in rCBF. During the late stage, on the other hand, significant activation was noted in the postcentral gyrus of the right hemisphere. These results support a role for the posterior parietal cortex in remapping visuomotor coordinates and suggest the involvement of the human postcentral gyrus in retaining sensorimotor coordinates, considered to relate to the self image of the hand.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Arm / innervation*
  • Cerebrovascular Circulation / physiology
  • Humans
  • Learning / physiology*
  • Male
  • Movement / physiology*
  • Optical Rotation
  • Parietal Lobe / physiology*
  • Psychomotor Performance / physiology*
  • Tomography, Emission-Computed