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Neuroreport. 1998 Dec 21;9(18):4001-5.

Perception of timing of kinesthetic stimuli.

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Human Motor Control Section, Medical Neurology Branch, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA.


A psychophysical method was used to estimate the timing of perception of kinesthetic stimuli with different velocities in normal volunteers. A 1 ms auditory click occurred randomly before or after an imposed flexion movement at either 20, 40 or 60 deg/s of the metacarpophalangeal joint. Subjects reported whether the click was perceived before or after the movement onset (experiment 1) or perception of movement velocity (experiment 2). The time at which there was a 50% chance that subjects reported movement or velocity perception after the click was taken as an estimate of the time subjects perceived the stimuli. The difference in time of perceived movement velocity discrimination and movement onset was only significant when the velocity was 20 deg/s (52 ms). This suggests that movement onset and identification of the velocity of the faster movements are perceived nearly simultaneously.

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