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Human Hand Function
     

Human Hand Function

by Lynette A. Jones, Susan J. Lederman, Susan J. Lederman
 

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ISBN-10: 0195173155

ISBN-13: 9780195173154

Pub. Date: 04/20/2006

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Human Hand Function is a multidisciplinary book that reviews the sensory and motor aspects of normal hand function from both neurophysiological and behavioral perspectives. Lynette Jones and Susan Lederman present hand function as a continuum ranging from activities that are essentially sensory in nature to those that have a strong motor component. They delineate

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Human Hand Function is a multidisciplinary book that reviews the sensory and motor aspects of normal hand function from both neurophysiological and behavioral perspectives. Lynette Jones and Susan Lederman present hand function as a continuum ranging from activities that are essentially sensory in nature to those that have a strong motor component. They delineate four categories of function along this sensorimotor continuum—tactile sensing, active haptic sensing, prehension, and non-prehensile skilled movements—that they use as a framework for analyzing and synthesizing the results from a broad range of studies that have contributed to our understanding of how the normal human hand functions.

The book begins with a historical overview of research on the hand and a discussion of the hand's evolutionary development in terms of anatomical structure. The subsequent chapters review the research in each of the four categories along the continuum, covering topics such as the intensive spatial, temporal, and thermal sensitivity of the hand, the role of hand movements in recognizing common objects, the control of reaching and grasping movements, and the organization of keyboard skills. Jones and Lederman also examine how sensory and motor function develops in the hand from birth to old age, and how the nature of the end effector (e.g., a single finger or the whole hand) that is used to interact with the environment influences the types of information obtained and the tasks performed. The book closes with an assessment of how basic research on the hand has contributed to an array of more applied domains, including communication systems for the blind, haptic interfaces used in teleoperation and virtual-environment applications, tests used to assess hand impairments, and haptic exploration in art. Human Hand Function will be a valuable resource for student and professional researchers in neuroscience, cognitive psychology, engineering, human-technology interaction, and physiology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195173154
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
04/20/2006
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 7.20(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents


Historical Overview and General Introduction     3
Evolutionary Development and Anatomy of the Hand     10
Neurophysiology of Hand Function     24
Tactile Sensing     44
Active Haptic Sensing     75
Prehension     100
Non-prehensile Skilled Movements     116
End-effector Constraints     131
Hand Function Across the Lifespan     150
Applied Aspects of Hand Function     179
Summary, Conclusions, and Future Directions     204
References     211
Author Index     249
Subject Index     257

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