Neurobiological tensegrity: The basis for understanding inter-individual variations in task performance?

CALDEIRA, P, DAVIDS, Keith and ARAÚJO, D (2021). Neurobiological tensegrity: The basis for understanding inter-individual variations in task performance? Human Movement Science, 79, p. 102862.

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Bernstein's (1996) levels of movement organization includes tonus, the muscular-contraction level that primes individual movement systems for (re)organizing coordination patterns. The hypothesis advanced is that the tonus architecture is a multi-fractal tensegrity system, deeply reliant on haptic perception for regulating movement of an individual actor in a specific environment. Further arguments have been proposed that the tensegrity-haptic system is implied in all neurobiological perception and -action. In this position statement we consider whether the musculoskeletal system can be conceptualized as a neurobiological tensegrity system, supporting each individual in co-adapting to many varied contexts of dynamic performance. Evidence for this position, revealed in investigations of judgments of object properties, perceived during manual hefting, is based on each participant's tensegrity. The implication is that the background organizational state of every individual is unique, given that no neurobiological architecture (musculo-skeletal components) is identical. The unique tensegrity of every organism is intimately related to individual differences, channeling individualized adaptations to constraints (task, environment, organismic), which change over different timescales. This neurobiological property assists transitions from one stable state of coordination to another which is needed in skill adaptation during performance. We conclude by discussing how tensegrity changes over time according to skill acquisition and learning.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Human movement; Individual variations; Neurobiological systems; Perception-action coupling; Skill acquisition; Tensegrity; Experimental Psychology; 09 Engineering; 11 Medical and Health Sciences; 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
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Page Range: p. 102862
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2021 08:52
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2023 01:18

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