Fundamentals of Motor Control

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Overview

Motor control is a relatively young field of research exploring how the nervous system produces purposeful, coordinated movements in its interaction with the body and the environment through conscious and unsconscious thought. Many books purporting to cover motor control have veered off course to examine biomechanics and physiology rather than actual control, leaving a gap in the literature. This book covers all the major perspectives in motor control, with a balanced approach. There are chapters explicitly dedicated to control theory, to dynamical systems, to biomechanics, to different behaviors, and to motor learning, including case studies.

  • Reviews current research in motor control
  • Contains balanced perspectives among neuroscience, psychology, physics and biomechanics
  • Highlights controversies in the field
  • Discusses neurophysiology, control theory, biomechanics, and dynamical systems under one cover
  • Links principles of motor control to everyday behaviors
  • Includes case studies delving into topics in more detail
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Editorial Reviews

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"This book provides all of the essential components needed for a motor control course at the college level. The author is well respected in the field and he supports all of his science with current, peer-reviewed literature."—Doody.com, June 21, 2013 "This book covers all the major perspectives in motor control, with a balanced approach. There are chapters explicitly dedicated to control theory, to dynamical systems, to biomechanics, to different behaviors, and to motor learning, including case studies."—Doody.com, April 24, 2013

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Reviewer: Erik H VanIterson, M.S., M.Bio(University of Minnesota School of Kinesiology)
Description: This book presents a range of areas of study in motor control, spanning the basic foundations to the application of the science in the laboratory setting. The text is complemented by numerous helpful figures and diagrams.
Purpose: The aim is to present a basic understanding of where the field of motor control has been and the basic tenets of the science. It then aims to demonstrate the application of the concepts to laboratory and clinical practice.
Audience: The primary audience is college undergraduates or graduate students, but the book is not meant for introductory level students who do not have a significant amount of previous study in physiology and movement science. Many of the concepts discussed assume readers have a basic understanding of the human sciences.
Features: The book introduces motor control and progresses to where the science is today. It highlights important concepts with figures and diagrams that are easy to understand. Lastly, it provides real-world examples of how this science has been conducted in the laboratory setting to assist in understanding human movement.
Assessment: This book provides all of the essential components needed for a motor control course at the college level. The author is well respected in the field and he supports all of his science with current, peer-reviewed literature. The book is consistent with others in the field and does not miss any key concepts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780124159563
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 7/24/2012
  • Pages: 364
  • Sales rank: 1,012,597
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface

1. A Philosophical Introduction

2. Elements of History

3.Features of the System for Movement Production

4. Instructive Examples

5. Control with Forces and Torques

6. Control with Muscle Activations

7. Control Theory Approaches

8. Physical Approaches

9. Coordination

10. Neurophysiological Structures

11. Exemplary Behaviors

12. Effects of Practice and Adaptation

13. Methods in Motor Control Studies

Glossary

Index

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