Proprioception and Stimulus-Response Compatibility

Worringham, Charles J. & Kerr, Graham K. (2000) Proprioception and Stimulus-Response Compatibility. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 53(1), pp. 69-83.


Sixteen subjects pressed a left or right key in response to lateralised visual stimuli, in uncrossed (left index finger on left key, right finger on right key) and crossed conditions (left finger on right key and vice versa), with varying finger separations. Visual, tactile, or "efference copy" cues about relative finger positions were unavailable. Subjects had to press the key on the same side as (compatible group) or opposite side to the stimulus (incompatible group). Separate proprioceptive judgements of the relative finger positions were obtained. Findings of an overall reaction time (RT) advantage for compatible instructions and for uncrossed hands were replicated. With decreasing finger the RT advantage for compatible instructions decreased and the probability of responding with either hand increased. The compatibility effect disappeared completely at the six cm crossed position, not at the position that was hardest to judge proprioceptively. This suggests that two forms of neural activation are summed: automatic activation of the anatomically same-side limb, and an integrated, rule-based activation. The results further demonstrate that independent proprioceptive cues from each limb, unassociated with skin contact between the limbs, can mediate the determination of relative position for response selection in stimulus-response compatibility tasks.

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ID Code: 1048
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Compatibility, response selection, reaction time, proprioception, stimulus, response
ISSN: 1747-0226
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Sensory Processes Perception and Performance (170112)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > HUMAN MOVEMENT AND SPORTS SCIENCE (110600) > Motor Control (110603)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NEUROSCIENCES (110900) > Sensory Systems (110906)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2000 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 53A(1):pp. 69-83.
Deposited On: 08 Nov 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2010 12:38

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