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Subliminal stimuli, of which subjects are unaware, affect movements made to subsequent visible cues. Sumner and colleagues in this issue of Neuron show that restricted supplementary motor and eye field lesions compromise voluntary control of action because they disrupt the normal unconscious and automatic inhibition of alternative movements partially activated by subliminal stimuli.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/j.neuron.2007.05.025

Type

Journal article

Journal

Neuron

Publication Date

07/06/2007

Volume

54

Pages

669 - 670

Keywords

Animals, Decision Making, Frontal Lobe, Humans, Motor Cortex, Movement, Neural Inhibition, Psychomotor Performance, Reflex, Unconscious (Psychology), Volition