Constraints on spontaneous entrainment

R. C. Schmidt, Colleen Bucci, Michael J. Richardson

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Past research has revealed that a person's rhythmic limb movements become spontaneously entrained to an environmental rhythm if a.) visual information about the environmental rhythm is available and b.) its frequency of the environmental rhythm is near that of the person's movements. Further, this research has demonstrated that if the eyes track the environmental stimulus, the spontaneous entrainment to the environmental rhythm is strengthened. Experiments were performed to investigate two hypotheses that could explain this eye-tracking enhancement of spontaneous entrainment. One hypothesis is that eye tracking allows for the pick up of important coordinative information at the turn-around points of a movement trajectory. Another hypothesis is that the limb movements entrain to the moving eyes through a neuromotor synergy linking the eyes and limb. Results of these experiments will help delineate the informational and dynamical constraints that can impact the acquisition of skilled actions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2011 International SKILLS Conference
EditorsB. G. Bardy
Place of PublicationParis, France
PublisherEDP Sciences
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781632668806
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference SKILLS 2011 - Montpellier, France
Duration: 15 Dec 201116 Dec 2011

Publication series

NameBIO Web of Conferences
ISSN (Electronic)2117-4458


ConferenceInternational Conference SKILLS 2011
Abbreviated titleSKILLS 2011

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