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Multiple Concurrent Visual-Motor Mappings: Implications for Models of AdaptationPrevious research on adaptation to visual-motor rearrangement suggests that the central nervous system represents accurately only 1 visual-motor mapping at a time. This idea was examined in 3 experiments where subjects tracked a moving target under repeated alternations between 2 initially interfering mappings (the 'normal' mapping characteristic of computer input devices and a 108' rotation of the normal mapping). Alternation between the 2 mappings led to significant reduction in error under the rotated mapping and significant reduction in the adaptation aftereffect ordinarily caused by switching between mappings. Color as a discriminative cue, interference versus decay in adaptation aftereffect, and intermanual transfer were also examined. The results reveal a capacity for multiple concurrent visual-motor mappings, possibly controlled by a parametric process near the motor output stage of processing.
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Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Cunningham, H. A. (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA United States)
Welch, Robert B. (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA United States)
Date Acquired
August 17, 2013
Publication Date
January 6, 1994
Publication Information
Publication: Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance
Volume: 20
Issue: 5
ISSN: 0096-1523
Subject Category
Behavioral Sciences
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.15:112672
Meeting Information
Biomechanics and Neural Control of Movement(Ventura, CA)
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 199-16-12-34
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Public Use Permitted.
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