(De)synchronization of advanced visual information and ball flight characteristics constrains emergent information–movement couplings during one-handed catching

STONE, Joseph, MAYNARD, Ian, NORTH, Jamie, PANCHUK, D. and DAVIDS, Keith (2015). (De)synchronization of advanced visual information and ball flight characteristics constrains emergent information–movement couplings during one-handed catching. Experimental Brain Research, 233 (2), 449-458.

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Advance visual information of a projection action and ball flight information is important for organizing dynamic interceptive actions like catching. However, how the central nervous system (CNS) manages the relationship between advance visual information and emerging ball flight information in regulating behavior is less well understood. Here, we sought to examine the extent that advance visual information to the CNS constrains regulation of catching actions by synchronizing and desynchronizing its relationship with ball trajectory characteristics. Novel technology was used to present video footage of an actor throwing a ball at three different speeds, integrated with information from a real ball projected by a machine set to the three speeds. The technology enabled three synchronized and six desynchronized conditions between advance visual information and subsequent ball flight trajectories. Catching performance, kinematic data from the catching hand and gaze behaviors were recorded. Findings revealed that desynchronization of video images of ball projection shaped emergent catching behaviors. Footage of slower throws, paired with faster ball projection speeds, caused catching performance decrements. Timing in early phases of action was organized by the CNS to match the advance visual information presented. In later phases, like the grasp, ball flight information constraints adapted and regulated behaviors. Gaze behaviors showed increased ball projection speed resulted in participants tracking the ball for a smaller percentage of ball flight. Findings highlighted the role of the two visual systems in perception and action, implicating the importance of coupling advanced visual information and ball flight to regulate emergent movement coordination tendencies during interceptive behaviors.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Sport and Exercise Science
Centre for Sports Engineering Research
Identification Number: 10.1007/s00221-014-4126-3
Depositing User: Hilary Ridgway
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2014 12:00
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2015 04:04
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8789

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