Neural mechanisms of collision detection and steering

Lead Research Organisation: Royal Holloway, University of London
Department Name: Psychology

Abstract

Collision detection is something all animal species do as a matter of survival. Controlling our locomotion whether in a car, on a cycle or on foot is also a fundamental human behaviour. These perceptual tasks have not been removed by technological developments but have been amplified: Many aspects of our everyday life rely on detecting and processing steering errors or potential collisions (road usage, pedestrian travel, cluttered work environments). The aim of this project is to use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to identify brain areas involved in the selective processing of potential collisions and in the detection and correction of steering errors. We propose that knowledge of the neural systems involved in such judgments will provide a powerful tool for the understanding of human error, degenerative disorders or problems following brain injury, as well as being able to inform the development of assistive systems.

Publications

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Billington J (2010) An fMRI study of parietal cortex involvement in the visual guidance of locomotion. in Journal of experimental psychology. Human perception and performance

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Field DT (2007) Neural systems in the visual control of steering. in The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience

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Harley C (2009) Stepping over obstacles: attention demands and aging. in Gait & posture

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J Billington (2010) Specialisation of the Parietal Cortex in the Detection of Future Path during Forward Egomotion in Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance

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López-Moliner J (2007) Interceptive timing: prior knowledge matters. in Journal of vision

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R Wilkie (2010) Modelling Locomotor Control: the advantages of in ACM Transactions on Applied Perception

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Wilkie R (2011) Modeling locomotor control The advantages of mobile gaze in ACM Transactions on Applied Perception

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Wilkie RM (2010) Using vision to control locomotion: looking where you want to go. in Experimental brain research

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Wilkie RM (2008) Active gaze, visual look-ahead, and locomotor control. in Journal of experimental psychology. Human perception and performance

 
Description Volvo Technology Corportation 
Organisation Volvo Technology Corportation
Country Sweden 
Sector Private 
Start Year 2006