Eye-Head-Trunk Coordination While Walking and Turning in a Simulated Grocery Shopping Task

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Previous studies argued that body turns are executed in an ordered sequence: the eyes turn first, followed by the head and then by the trunk. The purpose of this study was to find out whether this sequence holds even if body turns are not explicitly instructed, but nevertheless are necessary to reach an instructed distal goal. We asked participants to shop for grocery products in a simulated supermarket. To retrieve each product, they had to walk down and aisle, and then turn left or right into a corridor that led towards the target shelf. The need to make a turn was never mentioned by the experimenter, but it nevertheless was required in order to approach the target shelf. Main variables of interest were the delay between eye and head turns towards the target shelf, as well as the delay between head and trunk turns towards the target shelf. We found that both delays were consistently positive, and that their magnitude was near the top of the range reported in literature. We conclude that the ordered sequence of eye–then head–then trunk turns can be observed not only with a proximal, but also with a distal goal.
ZeitschriftJournal of motor behavior
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2020

Fachgebiete und Schlagwörter

  • distal goals
  • eye–head–trunk coordination
  • proximal goals
  • steering control


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