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 Bi


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