Müller-Lyer figures influence the online reorganization of visually guided grasping movements

Matthew Heath, Christina Rival, Kristina Neely, Olav Krigolson

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In advance of grasping a visual object embedded within fins-in and fins-out Müller-Lyer (ML) configurations, participants formulated a premovement grip aperture (GA) based on the size of a neutral preview object. Preview objects were smaller, veridical, or larger than the size of the to-be-grasped target object. As a result, premovement GA associated with the small and large preview objects required significant online reorganization to appropriately grasp the target object. We reasoned that such a manipulation would provide an opportunity to examine the extent to which the visuomotor system engages egocentric and/or allocentric visual cues for the online, feedback-based control of action. It was found that the online reorganization of GA was reliably influenced by the ML figures (i.e., from 20 to 80% of movement time), regardless of the size of the preview object, albeit the small and large preview objects elicited more robust illusory effects than the veridical preview object. These results counter the view that online grasping control is mediated by absolute visual information computed with respect to the observer (e.g., Glover in Behav Brain Sci 27:3-78, 2004; Milner and Goodale in The visual brain in action 1995). Instead, the impact of the ML figures suggests a level of interaction between egocentric and allocentric visual cues in online action control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)473-481
Number of pages9
JournalExperimental Brain Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Mar 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neuroscience(all)


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