Dexterity and Its Development

By Mark L. Latash; Michael T. Turvey et al. | Go to book overview
Save to active project

Change in Movement and Skill: Learning, Retention, and Transfer

Karl M. Newell

Pennsylvania State University

Observing individuals engage in action through the life span leads inevitably to the realization that certain properties of movement forms and their outcomes persist over time whereas others tend to change. Persistence is evident in that some properties of movement sequences remain essentially invariant to a given action, whereas other properties vary either systematically or unsystematically. Furthermore, the fact that similar properties of movement sequences are evident in different actions suggests that the persistence of movement organization is present across activity categories. Bernstein, in his lifetime collection of writings on the physiology and mechanics of human movement, sketched out the significance of change and persistence for a theory of movement coordination, control, and skill. Some new elements of his theoretical framework for the learning and performance of movement skills have been introduced here, in this volume on dexterity and its development.

Bernstein did not use the labels persistence and change in his theorizing, but these terms capture issues central to his theoretical framework of human movement--a perspective that has gained in recognition as his writings have become increasingly available to a broader audience. A measure of Bernstein's significant but delayed impact on the field of motor control may be deduced from the fact that the issue of movement coordination is often articulated today as "Bernstein's problem." It should be noted, however, that he has received less recognition for his ideas on the focus of this chapter--the learning, retention, and transfer of movement skill--than for his other ideas. The publication of this volume may help compensate for this imbalance of perspective, given the centrality of the construct of

-393-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Dexterity and Its Development
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 464

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?