A dissociable functional relevance of theta- and beta-band activities during complex sensorimotor integration

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Sensorimotor integration processes play a central role in daily life and require that different sources of sensory information become integrated: i.e. the information related to the object being under control of the agent (i.e. indicator) and the information about the goal of acting. Yet, how this is accomplished on a neurophysiological level is contentious. We focus on the role of theta- and beta-band activities and examine which neuroanatomical structures are involved. Healthy participants (n = 41) performed 3 consecutive pursuit-tracking EEG experiments in which the source of visual information available for tracking was varied (i.e. that of the indicator and the goal of acting). The initial specification of indicator dynamics is determined through beta-band activity in parietal cortices. When information about the goal was not accessible, but operating the indicator was required nevertheless, this incurred increased theta-band activity in the superior frontal cortex, signaling a higher need for control. Later, theta- and beta-band activities encode distinct information within the ventral processing stream: Theta-band activity is affected by the indicator information, while beta-band activity is affected by the information about the action goal. Complex sensorimotor integration is realized through a cascade of theta- and beta-band activities in a ventral-stream-parieto-frontal network.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9154-9164
Number of pages11
JournalCerebral cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991)
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jul 2023

External IDs

Scopus 85164978268
ORCID /0000-0002-2989-9561/work/146788795
Mendeley 7594a200-c3be-312e-86e2-a1e186b1f1ac



  • cognitive control, frontal cortex, parietal cortex, theta, beta, sensorimotor integration