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Visuomotor control of the arm was assessed in a single case study of a subject with focal lesions in the cerebellum and brainstem. A dissociation between 'on-line' and 'off-line' visuomotor control was revealed: impairments in 'on-line' visuomotor control included inaccuracy of tracking velocity, increase in spatial pointing variability and a delay in simple reaction time; whereas the patient was able to adapt to a gain change in 'off-line' visual feedback during a pointing task, and his adaptation was less affected than that of control subjects by trial-to-trial random fluctuations in 'off-line' visual feedback. We conclude that focal damage in the cerebellar peduncles may be principally responsible for this dissociation.

Type

Journal article

Journal

Neurosci Lett

Publication Date

02/04/1999

Volume

264

Pages

121 - 124

Keywords

Adaptation, Physiological, Brain, Brain Stem, Cerebellum, Humans, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Male, Middle Aged, Multiple Sclerosis, Psychomotor Performance, Reaction Time, Reference Values