The effect of direction on cursor moving kinematics

Ling Fu Meng, Hsin Yung Chen*, Chiu Ping Lu, Ming Chung Chen, Chi Nung Chu

*Corresponding author for this work

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There have been only few studies to substantiate the kinematic characteristics of cursor movement. In this study, a quantitative experimental research method was used to explore the effect of moving direction on the kinematics of cursor movement in 24 typical young persons using our previously developed computerized measuring program. The results of multiple one way repeated measures ANOVAs and post hoc LSD tests demonstrated that the moving direction had effects on average velocity, movement time, movement unit and peak velocity. Moving leftward showed better efficiency than moving rightward, upward and downward from the kinematic evidences such as velocity, movement unit and time. Moreover, the unique pattern of the power spectral density (PSD) of velocity (strategy for power application) explained why the smoothness was still maintained while moving leftward even under an unstable situation with larger momentum. Moreover, the information from this cursor moving study can guide us to relocate the toolbars and icons in the window interface, especially for individuals with physical disabilities whose performances are easily interrupted while controlling the cursor in specific directions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1919-1929
Number of pages11
Issue number2
StatePublished - 02 2012


  • Cursor moving direction
  • Kinematics
  • Laterality


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