Movement adjustments have short latencies because there is no need to detect anything
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SourceMotor Control, 20, 2, (2016), pp. 137-148
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SubjectAction, intention, and motor control; DI-BCB_DCC_Theme 2: Perception, Action and Control
We can adjust an on-going movement to a change in the target’s position with a latency of about 100 ms, about half of the time that is needed to start a new movement in response to the same change in target position (reaction time). In this opinion paper, we discuss factors that could explain the difference in latency between initiating and adjusting a movement in response to target displacements. We consider the latency to be the sum of the durations of various stages in information processing. Many of these stages are identical for adjusting and initiating a movement, but for movement initiation it is essential to detect that something has changed in order to respond, whereas adjustments to movements can be based on updated position information without detecting that the position has changed. This explanation for the shorter latency for movement adjustments also explains why we can respond to changes that we do not detect.
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