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How one breaks Fitts's Law and gets away with it: Moving further and faster involves more efficient online control.
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PMID:  25485765     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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Adam, Mol, Pratt, and Fischer (2006) reported what they termed "a violation of Fitts's Law" - when participants aimed to targets in an array, movement times (MTs) to the last target location (highest index of difficulty (ID)) were shorter than predicted by Fitts's Law. Based on the results of subsequent studies in which placeholders were present either during planning and/or execution stages of the movements, it was suggested that the violation may emerge because of context-dependent changes in planning processes. The present study examined this planning explanation by conducting detailed kinematic analyses of movements. Participants performed aiming movements to sets of 3 targets in different placeholder arrays with different movement amplitudes. Consistent with previous Fitts's Law violation findings, MTs were not significantly longer for movements to the last versus middle target location. Interestingly, the pattern of peak limb velocities (typically associated with planning processes) did not mirror the changes in MTs. On the other hand, analyses of the effector's spatial variability during the movement suggested greater involvement of online control processes when the target was in the last position. Based on these results, we suggest that the Fitts' Law violation observed here occurred because of more efficient online control processes.
Authors:
Cheryl M Glazebrook; Dovin Kiernan; Timothy N Welsh; Luc Tremblay
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-12-5
Journal Detail:
Title:  Human movement science     Volume:  39C     ISSN:  1872-7646     ISO Abbreviation:  Hum Mov Sci     Publication Date:  2014 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-12-8     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  2014-12-9    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8300127     Medline TA:  Hum Mov Sci     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  163-176     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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