Accuracy, stability, and corrective behavior in a visuomotor tracking task: a preliminary study. Academic Article uri icon


  • Visuomotor tracking tasks have been used to elucidate the underlying mechanisms that allow for the coordination of a movement to an environmental event. The main purpose of the present study was to examine the relationship between accuracy and stability of tracking performance and the amount of corrective movements that emerge for various coordination patterns in a unimanual visuomotor tracking task. Participants (N = 6) produced rhythmic elbow flexion-extension motions and were required to track an external sinusoidal signal at five different relative phases, 0, 45, 90, 135, and 180. Differential accuracy and stability were found among the five tracking patterns with the 0 relative phase pattern being the most accurate and stable pattern. Corrective movements were correlated with changes in accuracy only for the 0 relative phase pattern, with more corrections emerging for less accurate performance. The amount of corrective movements decreased as the stability of tracking performance increased for the 0, 45, and 135 patterns. For the 90 and 180 tracking patterns, the amount of corrective movements was not correlated with pattern accuracy or pattern stability. The results demonstrate that corrective behaviors are an important motor process in maintaining the stability of stable perception-action coordination patterns, while offering little benefit for unstable perception-action patterns.

published proceedings

  • PLoS One

author list (cited authors)

  • Ryu, Y. U., & Buchanan, J. J.

citation count

  • 9

complete list of authors

  • Ryu, Young U||Buchanan, John J

editor list (cited editors)

  • Gribble, P. L.

publication date

  • June 2012