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Neural Plasticity
Volume 2016, Article ID 3495075, 13 pages
Research Article

Prismatic Adaptation Induces Plastic Changes onto Spatial and Temporal Domains in Near and Far Space

1Department of Psychology, University of Bologna, 40127 Bologna, Italy
2ImpAct Team, Lyon Neuroscience Research Centre, INSERM U1028, CNRS UMR5292, 69676 Lyon, France
3UCBL, Lyon I University, 69100 Villeurbanne, France
4Hospices Civiles de Lyon, Neuro-immersion & Mouvement et Handicap, 69676 Lyon, France
5Fondazione Salvatore Maugeri, Clinica del Lavoro e della Riabilitazione, IRCCS, Istituto Scientifico di Castel Goffredo, 46042 Mantova, Italy

Received 30 October 2015; Revised 8 January 2016; Accepted 13 January 2016

Academic Editor: Stuart C. Mangel

Copyright © 2016 Ivan Patané et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A large literature has documented interactions between space and time suggesting that the two experiential domains may share a common format in a generalized magnitude system (ATOM theory). To further explore this hypothesis, here we measured the extent to which time and space are sensitive to the same sensorimotor plasticity processes, as induced by classical prismatic adaptation procedures (PA). We also exanimated whether spatial-attention shifts on time and space processing, produced through PA, extend to stimuli presented beyond the immediate near space. Results indicated that PA affected both temporal and spatial representations not only in the near space (i.e., the region within which the adaptation occurred), but also in the far space. In addition, both rightward and leftward PA directions caused opposite and symmetrical modulations on time processing, whereas only leftward PA biased space processing rightward. We discuss these findings within the ATOM framework and models that account for PA effects on space and time processing. We propose that the differential and asymmetrical effects following PA may suggest that temporal and spatial representations are not perfectly aligned.