Behavioral and Neurophysiological Aspects of Target Interception

  • Hugo Merchant
  • Wilbert Zarco
  • Luis Prado
  • Oswaldo Pérez
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 629)


This chapter focuses on the behavioral and neurophysiological aspects of manual interception. We review the most important elements of an interceptive action from the sensory and cognitive stage to the motor side of this behavior. We describe different spatial and temporal target parameters that can be used to control the interception movement, as well as the different strategies used by the subject to intercept a moving target. We review the neurophysiological properties of the parietofrontal system during target motion processing and during a particular experiment of target interception. Finally, we describe the neural responses associated with the temporal and spatial parameters of a moving target and the possible neurophysiological mechanisms used to integrate this information in order to trigger an interception movement.


Motor Cortex Apparent Motion Apparent Motion Condition Visual Motion Posterior Parietal Cortex 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hugo Merchant
    • 1
  • Wilbert Zarco
  • Luis Prado
  • Oswaldo Pérez
  1. 1.Instituto de Neurobiología, UNAMCampus JuriquillaUSA

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