On orienting the hand to reach and grasp an object

Massimo Gangitano, M. Cristina Saetti, Ivan Toni, Elena Daprati, Massimo Gangitano, Maurizio Gentilucci

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Abstract

Subjects were required to reach and grasp a parallelepiped, the position, orientation and size of which were varied. The kinematics of reaching and grasping movements was studied in full vision and in no vision conditions. Both direction and movement amplitude of reaching were affected by object orientation. Conversely, both the time course of finger axis orientation and the angular displacement of the hand at wrist were influenced by object position. These results were not modified by the absence of visual control. Finger aperture during grasping was affected by both object size and orientation. This latter result was not due to a distorted size perception, as shown by a control matching experiment. Taken together, the results of the present study suggest the integration between distal and proximal components during reaching and grasping.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)589-592
Number of pages4
JournalNeuroReport
Volume7
Publication statusPublished - 1996

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  • Neuroscience(all)

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