Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412972000 | Print ISBN: 9781412940818 | Online ISBN: 9781412972000| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Eye and Limb Tracking
John Douglas Crawford & Patrick Byrne
Most daily activities—whether at work, play, or home—involve eye and limb movements. Sometimes the association between the two is direct—for example, when we look at the handle of a coffee cup to reach out to grasp it. Sometimes the association is indirect, as in driving, where one looks at objects on the road while using the hands and feet to control the car. Probably the most studied aspect of this association is eye-hand coordination. As with most such topics, outside of the laboratory we usually take eye-hand coordination for granted unless we remark on the “good eye-hand coordination” of an athlete, or notice a problem that arises in an individual with neurological disease or damage. But how does eye-hand coordination work? Eye-hand coordination has both temporal aspects and spatial aspects. The brain needs to properly control the order and timing of eye and hand movements, and it needs to account ...