Motor Representation and Control

Motor Representation and Control

Motor Representation and Control

Motor Representation and Control

Synopsis

Compiled as a result of the Thirteenth Symposium of the Association for Attention and Performance, this collection focuses on the Symposium's theme: Organization of Action. The book is arranged in sections which provide a comprehensive view of the main issues raised during the meeting. Several aspects of the theme were considered, including:

the anatomical and physiological constraints on motor preparation and execution

. the influence of control (proprioceptive, cutaneous, visual, oculomotor) signals

the contribution of kinematics to the understanding of the underlying mechanisms

and the role of cognitive constraints such as attention or learning in goal selection

This new volume is of particular interest to professionals and researchers in cognitive psychology, physiology, and neuropsychology as well as those studying motor skills.

Excerpt

The thirteenth Symposium of the Association for Attention and Performance was held at the Salines Royales in Arc-et-Senans (France), on June 27 to July 2, 1988. The architecture of the Salines Royales, built at the end of the 18th century by Claude Nicolas Ledoux, was intended (somewhat utopically) to model the social order of the time. The size of the buildings reflected the hierarchical status of the people who lived within. Their relative spatial location reflected their function for specific activities, such as work, pleasure, and reproduction. No doubt, this symbolic atmosphere influenced the quality and the level of discussions during the meeting. Such abstract concepts as hierarchy, category, or representation, often used for modelling psychological functions, suddenly became directly and visually accessible.

The general theme of the meeting was the "Organization of Action." Several basic aspects of this topic were considered, including: anatomical and physiological constraints on motor preparation and execution; influence of control (proprioceptive, cutaneous, visual, oculomotor) signals; contribution of kinematics to the understanding of the underlying mechanisms; and role of cognitive constraints such as attention or learning in goal selection. Theoretical aspects played a large part, specially for clarifying the notions of motor program, representation, or schema. Perspectives from developmental and pathological studies were present in several contributions.

This book has been organized into sections in order to provide a comprehensive view of the main issues raised during the meeting. Following the Association Lecture by Saul Sternberg (Part I), four tutorials on . . .

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