Coordination dynamics of rhythmical and discrete prehension movements: implications of the scanning procedure and individual differences

BUTTON, C, BENNETT, S J and DAVIDS , K (1998). Coordination dynamics of rhythmical and discrete prehension movements: implications of the scanning procedure and individual differences. Human Movement Science, 17 (6), 801-820.

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to compare the coordination dynamics of discrete and rhythmical reaching and grasping movements from a dynamical systems perspective. Previous research from this theoretical perspective had focused on rhythmical actions and it is unclear to what extent discrete movements are amenable to a similar dynamical systems analysis. Six adult subjects performed prehension in two conditions: a discrete, non-continuous mode and a rhythmical, continuous mode. A ‘scanning procedure' was implemented between pre- and post-tests in which the required time of final relative hand closure (Trfc) was systematically varied. It was shown that the error in the reaching and grasping pattern was least at an attractor region and systematically increased with deviation from the attractor. Results also indicated that there were no differences between condition or trial block for the group. However, there were several within-subject effects of interest. The validity of the scanning procedure was found to be questionable in the discrete condition, where four subjects showed differences in Trfc between pre- or post-test and the predicted Trfc of the scanning procedure. Four out of six subjects also had different preferred Trfc values for discrete and rhythmical movement, indicating that individual specific models might need to be constructed for future dynamical modelling of discrete movement.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Sports Engineering Research
Identification Number: 10.1016/S0167-9457(98)00028-1
Depositing User: Carole Harris
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2011 11:30
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2011 11:30
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3290

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