Interlimb Coordination

Interlimb Coordination

Neural, Dynamical, and Cognitive Constraints

1st Edition - January 5, 1994

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  • Editors: Stephan Swinnen, Jean Massion, Herbert Heuer, P. Casaer
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483289243

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This comprehensive edited treatise discusses the neurological, physiological, and cognitive aspects of interlimb coordination. It is unique in promoting a multidisciplinary perspective through introductory chapter contributions from experts in the neurosciences, experimental and developmental psychology, and kinesiology. Beginning with chapters defining the neural basis of interlimb coordination in animals, the book progresses toward an understanding of human locomotor control and coordination and the underlying brain structures and nerves that make such control possible. Section two focuses on the dynamics of interlimb coordination and the physics of movement. The final section presents information on how practice and experience affect coordination, including general skill acquisition, learning to walk, and the process involved in rhythmic tapping.


Researchers and academics in physiology and psychology, neuropsychology, neurology, sport psychology, kinesiology, and motor neuroscience, particularly those with an interest in motor control and interlimb coordination.

Table of Contents

  • S.P. Swinnen, J. Massion, and H. Heuer, Topics on Interlimb Coordination.
    The Neural Basis of Interlimb Coordination:
    Y. Shinoda, S. Kakei, and Y. Sugiuchi, Multisegmental Control of Axial and Limb Muscles by Single Long Descending Motor Tract Axons: Lateral versus Medial Descending Motor Systems.
    D. Cattaert, J.Y. Barthe, and F. Clarac, Sensory-Motor Coordination in Crustacean Limbs during Locomotion.
    M. Kato, Interlimb Coordination during Locomotor Activities: Spinal-Intact Cats and Chronic Cats with Horizontal and Longitudinal Separation of the Spinal Cord.
    J. Duysens and T. Tax, Interlimb Reflexes during Gait in Cats and Humans.
    J.D. Brooke, D.F. Collins, and W.E. McIlroy, Human Locomotor Control, the Ia Autogenic Spinal Pathway, and Interlimb Modulations.
    A. Berthoz and T. Pozzo, Head and Body Coordination during Locomotion and Complex Movements.
    V. Dietz, Neuronal Basis of Stance Regulation: Interlimb Coordination and Antigravity Receptor Function.
    M. Wiesendanger, U. Wicki, and E. Rouiller, Are There Unifying Structures in the Brain Responsible for Interlimb Coordination?
    G. Berlucchi, S. Aglioti, and G. Tassinari, The Role of the Corpus Callosum and Bilaterally Distributed Motor Pathways in the Synchronization of Bilateral Upper-Limb Responses to Lateralized Light Stimuli.
    F. Baldissera, P. Cavallari, and L. Tesio, Coordination of Cyclic Coupled Movements of Hand and Foot in Normal Subjects and on the Healthy Side of Hemiplegic Patients.
    N. Teasdale, C. Bard, M. Fleury, J. Paillard, R. Forget, and Y. Lamarre, Bimanual Interference in a Deafferented Patient and Control Subjects.
    T. Ohtsuki, Changes in Strength, Speed, and Reaction Time Induced by Simultaneous Bilateral Muscular Activity.
    The Dynamics of Interlimb Coordination:
    M.T. Turvey and R.C. Schmidt, A Low-Dimensional Nonlinear Dynamic Governing Interlimb Rhythmic Coordination.
    J.A.S. Kelso, Elementary Coordination Dynamics.
    R.G. Carson, W.D. Byblow, and D. Goodman, The Dynamical Substructure of Bimanual Coordination.
    G. Schoner, From Interlimb Coordination to Trajectory Formation: Common Dynamical Principles.
    Modulation of Coordination Patterns through Practice and Experience:
    M.H. Woollacott and H. Sveistrup, The Development of Sensorimotor Integration underlying Posture Control in Infants during the Transition to Independent Stance.
    J. Whitall and J.E. Clark, The Development of Bipedal Interlimb Coordination.
    D. Corbetta and E. Thelen, Shifting Patterns of Interlimb Coordination in Infants' Reaching: A Case Study.
    J. Fagard, Manual Strategies and Interlimb Coordination during Reaching, Grasping, and Manipulating throughout the First Year of Life.
    P.-G. Zanone and J.A.S. Kelso, The Coordination Dynamics of Learning: Theoretical Structure and Experimental Agenda.
    C.B. Walter and S.P. Swinnen, The Formation and Dissolution of "Bad Habits" during the Acquisition of Coordination Skills.
    K.M. Newell and P.V. McDonald, Learning to Coordinate Redundant Biomechanical Degrees of Freedom.
    W. A. Lee and A.M. Russo, Constraints and Coordination in Whole-Body Actions.
    J.J. Summers and J. Pressing, Coordinating the Two Hands in Polyrhythmic Tapping.
    M. Peters, Does Handedness Play a Role in the Coordination of Bimanual Movement?
    U. Castiello and G.E. Stelmach, Temporal Organization of the Prehension Components in a Bimanual Task.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 637
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1994
  • Published: January 5, 1994
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483289243

About the Editors

Stephan Swinnen

Affiliations and Expertise

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

Jean Massion

Affiliations and Expertise

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Marseilles, France

Herbert Heuer

Affiliations and Expertise

Institut fur Arbeitsphysiologie, Universitat Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany

P. Casaer

Affiliations and Expertise

Ontwikkelingsneurologische Onderzoekseenheid Gasthuisberg, Departement Ontwikkelingsbiologie, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

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