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Variability and Motor Control is a comprehensive examination of research and theoretical perspectives on movement variability and motor control. The text reviews traditional perspectives - which view movement variability as noise or error - and moves on to consider dynamical systems approaches to movement control, which view variability as an index of movement fluctuations. Written by leading experts in motor control, this text provides valuable information on the importance of variability in the theoretical inquiry into motor control, skill acquisition, and motor impairment; the use of estimated variability as a movement parameter in empirical studies of motor control; and current developments of new dynamical systems approaches to variability and motor control. Variability and Motor Control is a valuable reference for students and scholars of motor control and learning as well as experimental psychologists, ergonomists, and industrial and human-factors specialists.

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The product of a conference on variability and motor control held in Chicago, April 1991, this volume provides a comprehensive examination of research and theoretical perspectives on movement and motor control. Part I provides a summary of the characteristics of force variability and examines several different deterministic models. Part II examines the variability and movement speed-accuracy trade-off from four different deterministic perspectives. New and diverse dynamical systems approaches to variability and motor control are covered in Part III. Finally, Part IV reveals how describing and understanding variability can further the knowledge of movement impairment. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873224246
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 510

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Issues in Variability and Motor Control 1
Ch. 2 Force Variability and Characteristics of Force Production 15
Ch. 3 Variability of Brief Force Impulses 37
Ch. 4 Predicting Motor Performance From Variability Measures 53
Ch. 5 Directional Effects on Variability of Upper Limb Movements 65
Ch. 6 Necessary and Sufficient Conditions for the Production of Linear Speed-Accuracy Trade-Offs in Aimed Hand Movements 91
Ch. 7 Speed-Accuracy Trade-Off in Human Movements: An Optimal Control Viewpoint 117
Ch. 8 Variability of Fast Single-Joint Movements and the Equilibrium-Point Hypothesis 157
Ch. 9 How Spinal Neural Networks Reduce Discrepancies Between Motor Intention and Motor Realization 183
Ch. 10 In Search of a Unified Theory of Biological Organization: What Does the Motor System of a Sea Slug Tell Us About Human Motor Integration? 225
Ch. 11 Fluctuations, Intermittency, and Controllable Chaos in Biological Coordination 291
Ch. 12 Information in Movement Variability About the Qualitative Dynamics of Posture and Orientation 317
Ch. 13 Stability of Symmetric and Asymmetric Discrete Bimanual Actions 359
Ch. 14 Fluctuations in Interlimb Rhythmic Coordination 381
Ch. 15 Slicing the Variability Pie: Component Analysis of Coordination and Motor Dysfunction 415
Ch. 16 Movement Variability in Limb Gesturing: Implications for Understanding Apraxia 449
Ch. 17 Stereotypy and Variability 475
Credits 497
Index 499
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