Approaches to the Study of Motor Control and Learning

Edited by

  • J.J. Summers, Department of Psychology, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia

During the past two decades, there has been a dramatic increasein interest in the study of motor control and learning. In thisvolume authors from a variety of backgrounds and theoreticalperspectives review their research with particular emphasis onthe methods and paradigms employed, and the future direction oftheir work. The book is divided into four main sections. Thefirst section contains chapters examining general issues andtrends in the movement behaviour field. The remaining threesections contain chapters from scientists working in threebroadly defined areas of interest: coordination and control;visuo-motor processes; and movement disorders. Each sectionprovides an overview of the different approaches and differentlevels of analysis being used to examine specific topics withinthe motor domain.
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Book information

  • Published: December 1991
  • Imprint: NORTH-HOLLAND
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-88455-8

Table of Contents

Part I: Motor Behaviour Research: General Issues andTrends. The Rise and Fall of Dominant Paradigms in MotorBehaviour Research (B. Abernethy, W.A. Sparrow). Motor Controland Learning: How Far do the Experimental Tasks Restrict ourTheoretical Insight? (J.I. Laszlo). Human Skill and MotorControl: Some Aspects of the Motor Control-Motor LearningRelation (H.T.A. Whiting, S. Vogt, B. Vereijken). Handwritingas a Motor Task: Experimentation, Modelling, and Simulation(A.J.W.M. Thomassen, G.P. van Galen). Part II: Coordinationand Control. Measuring Changes in Coordination and Control(W.A. Sparrow). Children's Motor Rhythm and Timing: A DynamicalApproach (H. Parker). Multi-Sensory Control of CoordinatedMovement (P. Haggard). Control of Rapid Arm Movement (L.R.T.Williams). Part III: Visuo-Motor Processes. VisuomotorControl in Goal-Directed Movements (G.K. Kerr). The Processingof Visual Feedback in Rapid Movements: Revisited (D. Glencross,N. Barrett). The Control of Catching (G.J.P. Savelsbergh, H.T.A.Whiting, J.R. Pijpers). Visual Information for the Timing ofSkilled Movements: A Review (B. Abernethy, R. Burgess-Limerick).Part IV: Movement Disorders. Neuromotor Control and DownSyndrome (J.G. Anson). The Movement Approach: A Window toUnderstanding the Clumsy Child (D. Larkin, D. Hoare). MotorControl Considerations for Assessment and Rehabilitation ofMovement Disorders (J.L. Charlton). The Contribution of MovementDisorders Research to Theories of Motor Control and Learning(J.G. Phillips, G.E. Stelmach). Adaptive Model Theory:Application to Disorders of Motor Control (P.D. Neilson, M.D.Neilson, N.J. O'Dwyer). Part V: Epilogue. MovementBehaviour: A Field in Crisis? (J.J. Summers). Subject Index.Author Index.