Using the fMRI analysis they were able to detect which arm movements were going to commit to exerting a specific action just before it happened. The initial goal of their research is to figure out precisely how the brain maps out movement beforehand and gauges skilled mechanical balance using limb coordination. Thus far, they have had some success in detecting various predictive changes in brain activity patterns.
Another study conducted at the university analyzed how the brain learns to gauge object movement patters along with their mechanical properties. Their research has thus far found that human body movements utilize a series of mismatches between predicted and actual fingertip gestures to build internal familiarity, or brain models, to produce skilled manipulation of the properties.
To read more of their professionally published work, please visit The Journal of Neuroscience to read their latest jointly published work.
Academic Journal Ref.:
Gallivan J.P., McLean D.A., Flanagan J.R., Culham J.C. "Where One Hand Meets-the-Other." The Journal of Neuroscience, 30Jan.'13, 33(5): '91-'08.