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In Control of Human Movement, Mark Latash brings a diverse clinical and laboratory background to his approach to motor control. His work with physiology and motor control authorities Victor Gurfinkel, Anatol Feldman, and Gerald Gottlieb contributed to the comprehensive development of the equilibrium-point approach to motor control. His clinical experiences at the Spinal Cord Trauma Center in Moscow and Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago have helped him to better understand real-life clinical problems and their relationship to basic motor control studies. Issues studied from this compelling and controversial perspective include single- and multi-joint movements; the emergence of electromyographic patterns; the phenomena of motor learning and variability; postural control and preprogramming; and pathological aspects of motor control in such disorders as spasticity, Parkinson's disease, and Down syndrome.

This book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: Konstantin V. Slavin, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This book discusses current views on motor control, with special emphasis on mechanic and physiologic patterns of human movements. This book also attempts to summarize recent experimental and clinical data and explain them based on the equilibrium-point hypothesis.
Purpose: The purpose of the book, according to its author, is to update Bernstein's theory of motor control and answer several key questions. What makes this book useful is the fact that there are few monographs about motor control, and there is a big need in summarizing all currently available information.
Audience: The author directs the book to graduate students and other specialists working in motor control studies and related applied areas. The author is a very experienced researcher, working in this area for more than 15 years.
Features: The amount of illustrations is sufficient, which include graphs and schemes. All chapters are fully referenced. The index and the table of contents are very useful in finding subjects. The general appearance of the book is very good. The unique feature of the book is its language (the author writes as he speaks, making the book very easy to read and understand).
Assessment: I like this book; although requiring appropriate background in physiology and biomechanics, the book gives updated information about motor control, discusses current concepts from the point of view of the equilibrium-point hypothesis, and presents a useful tool for understanding this important topic. I recommend this book to specialists in biophysics, physiology and bioengineering, including students studying biomechanics and physiology and medical and biological libraries.
Konstantin V. Slavin
This book discusses current views on motor control, with special emphasis on mechanic and physiologic patterns of human movements. This book also attempts to summarize recent experimental and clinical data and explain them based on the equilibrium-point hypothesis. The purpose of the book, according to its author, is to update Bernstein's theory of motor control and answer several key questions. What makes this book useful is the fact that there are few monographs about motor control, and there is a big need in summarizing all currently available information. The author directs the book to graduate students and other specialists working in motor control studies and related applied areas. The author is a very experienced researcher, working in this area for more than 15 years. The amount of illustrations is sufficient, which include graphs and schemes. All chapters are fully referenced. The index and the table of contents are very useful in finding subjects. The general appearance of the book is very good. The unique feature of the book is its language (the author writes as he speaks, making the book very easy to read and understand). I like this book; although requiring appropriate background in physiology and biomechanics, the book gives updated information about motor control, discusses current concepts from the point of view of the equilibrium-point hypothesis, and presents a useful tool for understanding this important topic. I recommend this book to specialists in biophysics, physiology and bioengineering, including students studying biomechanics and physiology and medical and biological libraries.
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For use either as a reference or as a text for graduate students, presents an approach to motor control studies based upon control of the equilibrium states on the neuromotor system--an approach that originates from the classic works by Nicholai Bernstein and intensively developed during the last three decades. A strong background in physiology, physics, mathematics, and control theory is desirable. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873224550
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/21/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 380

Meet the Author

Mark Latash is an assistant professor in the Department of Physiology and the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinois. He earned a master's degree in physics of living systems from the Moscow Physico-Technical Institute in 1976 and his PhD in physiology from Rush University in 1989. Dr. Latash is a member of the Society for Neuroscience.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 What Muscle Parameters Are Controlled by the Nervous System? 1
Spring Properties of an Isolated Muscle 7
Muscle and Its Reflexes 9
Spring Properties of an Intact Muscle 15
Merton's Servo-Hypothesis of Motor Control 21
The [alpha]-Model 23
The [lambda]-Model 26
The Notion of Shifting Invariant Characteristics 33
Preprogramming in Motor Control 37
Ch. 2 Analysis of Joint Compliance 49
Equations of Mass-Spring Systems 49
At Least Three Springs! 52
Introducing Central Control 56
Reconstruction of Static Joint Compliant Characteristics 58
How to Reconstruct Joint Compliant Characteristics During Voluntary Movements 59
Shifting Joint Compliant Characteristics During Slow Movements 65
Shifting Joint Compliant Characteristics During Fast Movements 71
N-Shaped Virtual Trajectories 74
Virtual Trajectories of Oscillatory Movements 75
Ch. 3 The Equilibrium-Point Hypothesis and Movement Dynamics 81
Phase Plane and Activation Zones 81
Is [lambda] a Measure of [alpha]-Motoneuron Membrane Depolarization? 86
Muscle Reactions to Length Changes 90
Reciprocal and Renshaw Inhibition 95
How Do the Electromyograms Emerge? 98
Ch. 4 Patterns of Single-Joint Movements 103
Kinematic and Electromyographic Patterns of Single-Joint Isotonic Movements 103
Kinetic and Electromyographic Characteristics of Single-Joint Isometric Contractions 116
Hypotheses and Models 120
Excitation Pulse and the Dual-Strategy Hypothesis 127
Ch. 5 Emergence of Electromyographic Patterns 139
Basic Assumptions and Notions of the Model 140
Initiation of an Isotonic Movement 145
Termination of an Isotonic Movement 152
Initiation of an Isometric Contraction 159
Divergence of Isometric and Isotonic Patterns 160
Correspondence of the Model to the Data 164
Standard Motor Programs Can Lead to Different Peripheral Patterns 166
Ch. 6 Issues of Variability and Motor Learning 173
Is There a Motor Program? 173
Variability of Single-Joint Movements 182
Variability in the [lambda]-Language 190
Relation to Motor Learning 199
Ch. 7 Multijoint Movements 205
The Bernstein Problem 205
Kinematic Characteristics of Multijoint Movements 210
Attempts to Solve the Bernstein Problem 222
The Problem of Postural Stability 234
Problems of Multilimb Coordination 239
Ch. 8 Optimization 245
System Dynamics and Cost Functions 246
Minimizing Indices of Performance 247
Minimizing "Effort" and Maximizing "Comfort" 252
Relativistic Motor Control 255
Ch. 9 Examples of Motor Disorders 263
Spasticity 265
Motor Disorders in Parkinson's Disease 274
General Characteristics of Movements in Down Syndrome 283
Some General Implications for Rehabilitation 290
Ch. 10 Language and Movement 293
On the Laws of Coordination 294
Deep Structure 297
Transformation 299
Surface Structure 301
Tonic Stretch Reflex - An Example of Transformation 307
Concluding Comments 308
Ch. 11 What to Do Next? 311
Epilogue 315
References 319
Index 371
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