Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

How are cognition and movement control related to each other?

Maurizio Gentilucci a1 and Sergio Chieffi a2
a1 Dipartimento di Neuroscienze, Università di Parma, 43100 Parma, Italy
a2 Dipartimento di Medicina Sperimentale, Università di Napoli II, 80100 Naples, Italy


Our commentary focuses, first, on Glover's proposal that only motor planning is sensitive to cognitive aspects of the target object, whereas the on-line control is completely immune to them. We present behavioural data showing that movement phases traditionally (and by Glover) thought to be under on-line control, are also modulated by object cognitive aspects. Next, we present data showing that some aspects of cognition can be coded by means of movement planning. We propose a reformulation of Glover's theory to include both an influence of cognition on on-line movement control, and a mutual influence between motor planning and some aspects of cognition.