Fundamentals of Motor Control

By

  • Mark Latash, Department of Kinesiology, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA

Motor control is a relatively young field of research exploring how the nervous system produces purposeful, coordinated movements in its interaction with the body and the environment through conscious and unsconscious thought. Many books purporting to cover motor control have veered off course to examine biomechanics and physiology rather than actual control, leaving a gap in the literature. This book covers all the major perspectives in motor control, with a balanced approach. There are chapters explicitly dedicated to control theory, to dynamical systems, to biomechanics, to different behaviors, and to motor learning, including case studies.
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Audience

Academic researchers and students in motor control, and kinesiology.

 

Book information

  • Published: July 2012
  • Imprint: ACADEMIC PRESS
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-415956-3

Reviews

"This book provides all of the essential components needed for a motor control course at the college level. The author is well respected in the field and he supports all of his science with current, peer-reviewed literature."--Doody.com, June 21, 2013
"This book covers all the major perspectives in motor control, with a balanced approach. There are chapters explicitly dedicated to control theory, to dynamical systems, to biomechanics, to different behaviors, and to motor learning, including case studies."--Doody.com, April 24, 2013




Table of Contents

Preface

1. A Philosophical Introduction

2. Elements of History

3. Features of the System for Movement Production

4. Instructive Examples

5. Control with Forces  and Torques

6. Control with Muscle Activations

7. Control Theory Approaches

8. Physical Approaches

9. Coordination

10. Neurophysiological Structures

11. Exemplary Behaviors

12. Effects of Practice and Adaptation

13. Methods in Motor Control Studies

Glossary

Index