Multisensory adaptation of spatial-to-motor transformations in children with developmental coordination disorder

Bradley R. King, Florian A. Kagerer, Jeffrey R. Harring, Jose L. Contreras Vidal, Jane E. Clark

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Recent research has demonstrated that adaptation to a visuomotor distortion systematically influenced movements to auditory targets in adults and typically developing (TD) children, suggesting that the adaptation of spatial-to-motor transformations for reaching movements is multisensory (i.e., generalizable across sensory modalities). The multisensory characteristics of these transformations in children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD) have not been examined. Given that previous research has demonstrated that children with DCD have deficits in sensorimotor integration, these children may also have impairments in the formation of multisensory spatial-to-motor transformations for target-directed arm movements. To investigate this hypothesis, children with and without DCD executed discrete arm movements to visual and acoustic targets prior to and following exposure to an abrupt visual feedback rotation. Results demonstrated that the magnitudes of the visual aftereffects were equivalent in the TD children and the children with DCD, indicating that both groups of children adapted similarly to the visuomotor perturbation. Moreover, the influence of visuomotor adaptation on auditory-motor performance was similar in the two groups of children. This suggests that the multisensory processes underlying adaptation of spatial-to-motor transformations are similar in children with DCD and TD children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)257-265
Number of pages9
JournalExperimental Brain Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 2011


  • Audition
  • Developmental coordination disorder
  • Reaching
  • Sensorimotor adaptation
  • Vision
  • Visuomotor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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