A systematic review on perceptual-motor calibration to changes in action capabilities.

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Human movement science, ISSN: 1872-7646, Vol: 51, Issue: 1, Page: 59-71

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van Andel, Steven; Cole, Michael Hugh; Pepping, Gert-Jan
Elsevier BV
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology; Medicine; Psychology; Sensory perception; motor processes; perception-action coupling; perceptual-motor; calibration; Exercise Physiology
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Perceptual-motor calibration has been described as a mapping between perception and action, which is relevant to distinguish possible from impossible opportunities for action. To avoid movement errors, it is relevant to rapidly calibrate to immediate changes in capabilities and therefore this study sought to explain in what conditions calibration is most efficient. A systematic search of seven databases was conducted to identify literature concerning changes in calibration in response to changes in action capabilities. Twenty-three papers satisfied the inclusion criteria. Data revealed that calibration occurs rapidly if there is a good match between the task that requires calibration and the sources of perceptual-motor information available for exploration (e.g. when exploring maximal braking capabilities by experiencing braking). Calibration can take more time when the perceptual-motor information that is available is less relevant. The current study identified a number of limitations in the field of perceptual-motor research. Most notably, the mean participant age in the included studies was between 18 and 33years of age, limiting the generalizability of the results to other age groups. Also, due to inconsistent terminology used in the field of perceptual-motor research, we argue that investigating calibration in older cohorts should be a focus of future research because of the possible implications of impaired calibration in an aging society.