Overview

Very few scientific works remain interesting 50 years after their initial publication. One notable exception to this observation is On Dexterity and Its Development, by Nicholai A. Bernstein, one of the premier minds in movement science. Included here in a translation from the original Russian, this work presents Bernstein's major ideas on the development and control of voluntary movement in general and the notion of dexterity in particular. Originally written in the 1940s, and published in 1991 in the Russian, ...
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Dexterity and Its Development

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Overview

Very few scientific works remain interesting 50 years after their initial publication. One notable exception to this observation is On Dexterity and Its Development, by Nicholai A. Bernstein, one of the premier minds in movement science. Included here in a translation from the original Russian, this work presents Bernstein's major ideas on the development and control of voluntary movement in general and the notion of dexterity in particular. Originally written in the 1940s, and published in 1991 in the Russian, the ideas in this book are anything but obsolete; in fact, we are just beginning to understand the depth and breadth of Bernstein's thinking. Included in addition to Bernstein's classic text are seven chapters written by contemporary scientists working in disciplines related to human movement. Written in a reader-friendly style similar to Bernstein's, the contributions are intended to illuminate and build on Bernstein's original work, as well as to be understandable and interesting to a wide audience, including scholars in psychology and movement science. The combination of the accessible style and the state of the art account of the processes underlying human voluntary movements, particularly dexterous ones, makes this book unique.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135693220
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/4/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 472
  • File size: 6 MB

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. 1 On Dexterity and Its Development
Essay 1 What Is Dexterity? 9
Essay 2 On Motor Control 25
Essay 3 On the Origin of Movements 45
Essay 4 On the Construction of Movements 97
Essay 5 Levels of Construction of Movements 115
Essay 6 On Exercise and Motor Skill 171
Essay 7 Dexterity and Its Features 207
From the Author 237
Pt. II Commentaries
N. A. Bernstein: The Reformer of Neuroscience 247
The Bernstein Problem: How Does the Central Nervous System Make Its Choices? 277
On the Biomechanical Basis of Dexterity 305
Dynamics of Bernstein's Level of Synergies 339
Dexterity in Cascade Juggling 377
Change in Movement and Skill: Learning, Retention, and Transfer 393
The Primacy of Action in Development 431
Author Index 453
Subject Index 457
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