Eye-hand coordination

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Dr. Doug Crawford accepted the invitation on 19 September 2011

Eye-hand coordination refers to the spatiotemporal coordination of vision, eye movements, and hand motion in behaviors such as reaching and object manipulation. Eye-hand coordination (or hand-eye coordination) is often only noticed at its extremes, e.g., in elite athletes, or when mishaps occur. In some situations, like military combat or even steering a vehicle on the highway, small errors in eye-hand coordination might mean life or death. However, proficient eye-hand coordination is equally essential for a large proportion of prosaic daily activities at work, home, and play - from grasping the morning coffee to the use of hand-held communication devices and video games. Despite this familiarity, the mechanisms of eye-hand coordination are incredibly complex, involving advanced physics, several perceptual, cognitive, and motor systems, and many diffferent components of the nervous system.


Structural & Physical Aspects

Sensory Organs

  • The Eyes
  • Other Sensory Apparatus.

Skeletomuscular Components

  • The Head
  • The Arm
  • The Hand

System Configuration

Behavioral Aspects

Sensorimotor Transformations

Neural Mechanisms

Clinical Implications

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