A novel integrative method for analyzing eye and hand behaviour during reaching and grasping in an MRI environment

Jane M. Lawrence, Kamyar Abhari, Steven L. Prime, Benjamin P. Meek, Loni Desanghere, Lee A. Baugh, Jonathan J. Marotta

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The development of noninvasive neuroimaging techniques, such as fMRI, has rapidly advanced our understanding of the neural systems underlying the integration of visual and motor information. However, the fMRI experimental design is restricted by several environmental elements, such as the presence of the magnetic field and the restricted view of the participant, making it difficult to monitor and measure behaviour. The present article describes a novel, specialized software package developed in our laboratory called Biometric Integration Recording and Analysis (BIRA). BIRA integrates video with kinematic data derived from the hand and eye, acquired using MRI-compatible equipment. The present article demonstrates the acquisition and analysis of eye and hand data using BIRA in a mock (0 Tesla) scanner. A method for collecting and integrating gaze and kinematic data in fMRI studies on visuomotor behaviour has several advantages: Specifically, it will allow for more sophisticated, behaviourally driven analyses and eliminate potential confounds of gaze or kinematic data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)399-408
Number of pages10
JournalBehavior Research Methods
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Eye kinematics
  • Eye-hand integration
  • Functional magnetic resonance imaging
  • Hand kinematics
  • Motion monitoring
  • Software analysis package
  • Visuomotor processes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)


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