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Timing goals in bimanual coordination


Semjen, A and Summers, JJ, Timing goals in bimanual coordination, Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 55, (1) pp. 155-171. ISSN 0272-4987 (2002) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/02724980143000226


Phase coupling between movement trajectories has been proposed as the basic mechanism of hand coordination in the production of bimanual rhythmic movements with a 1:2 frequency ratio. Here a central temporal coupling view is proposed as an alternative. Extending previous models of two-handed synchronic and alternate-hand tapping, we hypothesized that 1:2 tapping is performed under the control of a single internal timekeeper set at the frequency required for the fast hand. The fast hand is assumed to use every signal and the slow hand every other signal of the timekeeper, to produce actions coordinated in time. The model's predictions for the variance-covariance pattern of tap timing within and across hands were tested in an experiment that required tapping with both hands with 1:1 or 1:2 frequency ratio. The finger contact on the response plate was to be short or long, according to instruction. Prolonged finger contact entailed profound modifications in the movement trajectories but failed to modify the variance-covariance pattern of the tap timing. This pattern proved to conform to predictions under both the short and the long contact conditions, thus supporting the central temporal coupling hypothesis.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Sports science and exercise
Research Field:Motor control
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in psychology
UTAS Author:Summers, JJ (Professor Jeffery Summers)
ID Code:21885
Year Published:2002
Web of Science® Times Cited:19
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2002-08-01
Last Modified:2011-11-25

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