Motor awareness and dissociable levels of action representation

Serrien, Deborah J. and Spapé, Michiel M. (2011) Motor awareness and dissociable levels of action representation. Neuroscience Letters, 494 (2). pp. 145-149. ISSN 0304-3940

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The present study evaluated the performance of a tracking task during which no, a small (subliminal: 20°) or a large (conscious: 60°) rotational perturbation was implemented. The instantaneous as well as carry-over effects of the perturbations were assessed. The subjective reports revealed that the subjects did not discriminate between the 0° and 20° perturbation conditions, despite increased trajectory error and directional trajectory changes in the latter than former condition, which suggests augmented error processing and task monitoring. Conversely, the 60° perturbation condition was characterized by subjective awareness in association with objective performance changes. Furthermore, a carry-over effect for the 60° but not for the 20° perturbation was observed when the distortion was removed midway into the trajectory. Together, the data underline distinct functioning of motor control and motor awareness with implications across time scales.

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Additional Information:NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Neuroscience Letters. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Neuroscience Letters, 494(2), (2011) doi:10.1016/j.neulet.2011.02.077
Schools/Departments:Faculty of Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:1602
Deposited By:Serrien, Dr Deborah
Deposited On:29 Mar 2012 16:06
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