A model of the coupling between grip aperture and hand transport during human prehension

Yaoping Hu, Rieko Osu, Masato Okada, Melvyn A. Goodale, Mitsuo Kawato

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It has been repeatedly demonstrated that the opening between the index finger and thumb (grasp component) during an object-directed reach-to-grasp movement achieves maximum aperture approximately two-thirds of the way through the duration of the reaching movement (transport component). Here we offer a quantitative model of the temporal coupling between grip aperture and wrist velocity which shows experimentally that the correlation between grip aperture and object size is a sigmoidal function of movement duration. When wrist velocity reaches its peak value, the correlation between the grip aperture and the size of the goal object has reached half of the correlation that is achieved by the end of the movement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-304
Number of pages4
JournalExperimental Brain Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Nov 1



  • Grip aperture
  • Model
  • Prehension
  • Temporal coupling
  • Transport and grasp components
  • Wrist velocity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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