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The role of the right dorsal premotor cortex in visuomotor learning: a transcranial magnetic stimulation study


Praeg, E; Herwig, Uwe; Lutz, Kai; Jäncke, Lutz (2005). The role of the right dorsal premotor cortex in visuomotor learning: a transcranial magnetic stimulation study. NeuroReport, 16(15):1715-1718.

Abstract

To study the role of the right dorsal premotor cortex in visuomotor association learning (association of four visual stimuli to four buttons), transcranial magnetic stimulation was applied to this area to interfere with the ongoing learning processes. Two transcranial magnetic stimulation pulses to the right dorsal premotor cortex at 150 and 200 ms after onset of the imperative stimulus resulted in the abolishing of reaction time decreases during learning. Transcranial magnetic stimulation applied to a control region revealed no influence on reaction time decreases. During both conditions, however, there were similar increases of accuracy scores. We conclude that the right dorsal premotor cortex is not directly involved in associating visual with motor cues. We suggest that this area is intimately involved in selection and preparation of forthcoming movements.

Abstract

To study the role of the right dorsal premotor cortex in visuomotor association learning (association of four visual stimuli to four buttons), transcranial magnetic stimulation was applied to this area to interfere with the ongoing learning processes. Two transcranial magnetic stimulation pulses to the right dorsal premotor cortex at 150 and 200 ms after onset of the imperative stimulus resulted in the abolishing of reaction time decreases during learning. Transcranial magnetic stimulation applied to a control region revealed no influence on reaction time decreases. During both conditions, however, there were similar increases of accuracy scores. We conclude that the right dorsal premotor cortex is not directly involved in associating visual with motor cues. We suggest that this area is intimately involved in selection and preparation of forthcoming movements.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute for Regenerative Medicine (IREM)
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2005
Deposited On:05 Sep 2011 07:29
Last Modified:16 Aug 2016 10:14
Publisher:Lippincott Wiliams & Wilkins
ISSN:0959-4965
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1097/01.wnr.0000183333.36488.1c
Official URL:http://journals.lww.com/neuroreport/Abstract/2005/10170/The_role_of_the_right_dorsal_premotor_cortex_in.21.aspx
PubMed ID:16189484

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