Timing of bimanual movements in human and non-human primates in relation to neuronal activity in primary motor cortex and supplementary motor area Academic Article uri icon


  • This study investigates the timing of bimanual movements in a combined behavioral and physiological approach. Human subjects and rhesus monkeys performed the same bimanual task. In monkeys, we simultaneously recorded neuronal activity in the two hemispheres of primary motor cortex (MI) or supplementary motor area (SMA), and related it to bimanual coordination in the temporal domain. Both for monkeys and humans, the reaction times of bimanual movements never significantly exceeded the reaction times of the slower arm in unimanual movements. Consistent with this, the longest delay between neural activity onset in SMA and MI and movement initiation was observed in unimanual movements of the slower arm and not in bimanual movements. Both results suggest that the programming of bimanual movements does not require more processing time than …

publication date

  • October 1, 2002