Orderliness of visual stimulus motion mediates sensorimotor coordination

Joshua Haworth, Nicholas Stergiou

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We explored the coupling of gaze and postural sway to the motion of a visual stimulus, to further understand sensorimotor coordination. Visual stimuli consisted of a horizontally oscillating red dot, moving with periodic (sine), chaotic, or aperiodic (brown noise) temporal structure. Cross Recurrence Quantification Analysis (cRQA) was used to investigate the coupling between each measured signal with the time series of the visual stimulus position. The cRQA parameter of percent determinism indicated similar strength of coupling of gaze with either periodic or chaotic motion structures, yet weaker coupling to aperiodic stimulus motion. The cRQA parameter of Maxline indicated a particular affinity toward chaotic motion. Analysis of postural coupling supports the idea that the complex periodicity of body sway affords interactivity with non-simple environmental dynamics. These results collectively strengthen the argument that chaos is an invariant and beneficial feature of biological motion, a feature which may be critical for immediate and robust coordination of the self with the environment and other environmental agents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1441
JournalFrontiers in Physiology
Issue numberOCT
StatePublished - Oct 11 2018


  • Biological motion
  • Coupled systems
  • Determinism
  • Eye tracking
  • Gaze
  • Posture
  • Smooth pursuit

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)


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