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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Eadric Bressel, EdD (Utah State University College of Education & Human Services)
Description: This second volume in a series entitled Progress in Motor Control contains chapters written by invited scientists whose research has contributed substantially towards an understanding of the relationship between neuromechanical structures and motor control. The book covers a variety of motor control topics from postural control to the role of biomechanical factors in the production of movement.
Purpose: The purpose of the book is to provide current scientific hypotheses and models of motor control for a variety of tasks. Each chapter does a remarkable job in critically evaluating current motor control hypotheses and describing the relation between neurophysiological or biomechanical structures and motor function.
Audience: According to the editor, the audience for this book includes professionals in motor control and related areas such as biomechanics, psychology, neurophysiology, motor development, and neuro-rehabilitation. Graduate students with a strong background in the movement sciences will also be interested in this book.
Features: Readers of the text are introduced to current work conducted by leading researchers in the field. The content includes, but is not limited to, studies of cortical neurons and their relation to voluntary movement, neuromechanical aspects of muscle lengthening versus muscle shortening, and postural control in children with normal development and children with cerebral palsy. The book is effective at introducing a variety of topics related to motor control and includes an intriguing interpretation of Pavlov's ideas versus Bernstein's ideas of neurophysiology and motor control.
Assessment: In my opinion, Dr. Latash has done a marvelous job of assembling leading researchers throughout the world for their contribution in the motor control field, and professionally organizing their work in a text that will serve as an essential resource for those interested in motor control and related areas.