Human Motor Control

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Human Motor Control is a elementary introduction to the field of motor control, stressing psychological, physiological, and computational approaches. Human Motor Control cuts across all disciplines which are defined with respect to movement: physical education, dance, physical therapy, robotics, and so on. The book is organized around major activity areas.

  • A comprehensive presentation of the major problems and topics in human motor control
  • Incorporates applications of work that lie outside traditional sports or physical education teaching
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
3
CHAPTER
4
The SerialOrder Problem
12
The SkillAcquisition Problem
25
PHYSIOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS
35
PHYSIOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS
38
Proprioception
43
Cerebellum
52
Summary
223
DRAWING AND WRITING
229
Writing
239
Writing and Handedness
247
KEYBOARDING
253
Sequences of Finger Presses
259
Typewriting
275
Piano Playing
286

Premotor Cortex
65
Summary
72
CHAPTER 3
78
PSYCHOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS
80
Skill Acquisition
86
PART II
119
WALKING
121
Neural Control of Locomotion
128
Walking Machines
137
Navigating
145
Summary
154
LOOKING
159
Blinking
160
General Features of Eye Movements
164
Smooth Pursuit Movements
178
References
192
REACHING AND GRASPING
197
Aiming
205
CHAPTER 9
292
SPEAKING AND SINGING
296
The Vocal Tract and Articulatory Dynamics
301
Variability and the Motor Theory of Speech Perception
309
CHAPTER 10
336
SMILING
339
Neural Control of the Face
342
Social Interaction
351
PRINCIPLES AND PROSPECTS
357
CONCLUSIONS
359
New Approaches
367
The Ecological Approach
374
Network Modeling
382
Prospects for the Future
388
AUTHOR INDEX
397
SUBJECT INDEX
407
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David A. Rosenbaum, Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the Pennsylvania State University, is an award-winning researcher and teacher in the field of cognitive psychology.

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