The current study examined whether the amount and location of available movement information influenced the stability of visuomotor coordination. Participants coordinated a handheld pendulum with an oscillating visual stimulus in an inphase and antiphase manner. The effects of occluding different amounts of phase at different phase locations were examined. Occluding the 0°/180° phase locations (end-points) significantly increased the variability of the visuomotor coordination. The amount of occlusion had little or no affect on the stability of the coordination. We concluded that the end-points of a visual rhythm are privileged and provide access to movement information that ensures stable coordination. The results are discussed with respect to the proposal of Bingham (Ecol Psychol 16:45–43, 2004) and Wilson et al. (Exp Brain Res 165:351–361, 2005) that the relevant information for rhythmic visual coordination is relative direction information.
Hajnal, A., Richardson, M. J., Harrison, S. J., & Schmidt, R. C. (2009). Location but not amount of stimulus occlusion influences the stability of visuomotor coordination. Experimental brain research, 221(3), 351-355. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00221-009-1982-3