Adaptability of Human Gait: Implications for the Control of Locomotion

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A.E. Patla
Elsevier, Mar 25, 1991 - Medical - 453 pages
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A large number of volumes have been produced summarizing the work on generation and control of rhythmic movements, in particular locomotion. Unfortunately most of them focus on locomotor studies done on animals. This edited volume redresses that imbalance by focusing completely on human locomotor behaviour. The very nature of the problem has both necessitated and attracted researchers from a wide variety of disciplines ranging from psychology, neurophysiology, kinesiology, engineering, medicine to computer science. The different and unique perspectives they bring to this problem provide a comprehensive picture of the current state of knowledge on the generation and regulation of human locomotor behaviour.

A common unifying theme of this volume is studying the adaptability of human gait to obtain insights into the control of locomotion. The intentional focus on "adaptability" is meant to draw attention to the importance of understanding the generation and regulation of "skilled locomotor behaviour" rather than just the generation of basic locomotor patterns which has been the major focus of animal studies. The synthesis chapter at the end of the volume examines how the questions posed, the technology, and the experimental and theoretical paradigms have evolved over the years, and what the future has in store for this important research domain.

 

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Contents

THE ROLE OF PROPRIOCEPTIVE AND VESTIBULAR INPUTS LOCAL ADAPTABILITY
19
THE ROLE OF VISION PROSPECTIVE MODULATION OF GAIT
53
OTHER APPROACHES TO THE STUDY OF HUMAN GAIT
125
THE BIOMECHANICS OF NORMAL GAIT IMPLICATIONS FOR CONTROL
165
THE MODELLING OF CONTROL OF HUMAN LOCOMOTION
203
DEVELOPMENT OF LEGGED ROBOTS AND ANIMATION OF HUMAN GAIT
275
THE REHABILITATION OF LOCOMOTOR ABILITIES
331
CONCLUSION
439
Index
453
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