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Title: Information processing in human parieto-frontal circuits during goal-directed bimanual movements
Authors: Wenderoth, Nicole ×
Toni, Ivan
Bedeleem, Sigrid
Debaere, Filiep
Swinnen, Stephan #
Issue Date: May-2006
Series Title: NeuroImage vol:31 issue:1 pages:364-78
Abstract: It is known that, in macaques, movements guided by somatosensory information engage anterior parietal and posterior precentral regions. Movements performed with both visual and somatosensory feedback additionally activate posterior parietal and anterior precentral areas. It remains unclear whether the human parieto-frontal circuits exhibit a similar functional organization. Here, we employed a directional interference task requiring a continuous update of sensory information for the on-line control of movement direction, while brain activity was measured by functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Directional interference arises when bimanual movements occur along different directions in joint space. Under these circumstances, the presence of visual information does not substantially alter performance, such that we could vary the amount and type of sensory information used during on-line guidance of goal-directed movements without affecting motor output. Our results confirmed that in humans, as in macaques, movements guided by somatosensory information engages anterior parietal and posterior precentral regions, while movements performed with both visual and somatosensory information activate posterior parietal and anterior precentral areas. We provide novel evidence on how the interaction of specific portions of the dorsal parietal and precentral cortex in the right hemisphere might generate spatial representations by integrating different sensory modalities during goal-directed movements.
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ISSN: 1053-8119
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Movement Control & Neuroplasticity Research Group
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