Fundamentals of Motor Control by Mark L. Latash

Fundamentals of Motor Control

byMark L. Latash, Mark L. Latash

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Motor control is a relatively young field of research exploring how the nervous system produces purposeful, coordinated movements in its interaction with the body and the environment through conscious and unsconscious thought. Many books purporting to cover motor control have veered off course to examine biomechanics and physiology rather than actual control, leaving a gap in the literature. This book covers all the major perspectives in motor control, with a balanced approach. There are chapters explicitly dedicated to control theory, to dynamical systems, to biomechanics, to different behaviors, and to motor learning, including case studies.

  • Reviews current research in motor control
  • Contains balanced perspectives among neuroscience, psychology, physics and biomechanics
  • Highlights controversies in the field
  • Discusses neurophysiology, control theory, biomechanics, and dynamical systems under one cover
  • Links principles of motor control to everyday behaviors
  • Includes case studies delving into topics in more detail

About The Author

Mark Latash is a Distinguished Professor of Kinesiology and Director of the Motor Control Laboratory at the Pennsylvania State University. He received equivalents of B.S. in Physics and M.S. in Physics of Living Systems from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, and a Ph.D. in Physiology from Rush University in Chicago. His r...
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Title:Fundamentals of Motor ControlFormat:OtherDimensions:364 pages, 1 × 1 × 1 inPublished:August 8, 2012Publisher:Elsevier ScienceLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0123914124

ISBN - 13:9780123914125

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Table of Contents


1. A Philosophical Introduction

2. Elements of History

3. Features of the System for Movement Production

4. Instructive Examples

5. Control with Forces and Torques

6. Control with Muscle Activations

7. Control Theory Approaches

8. Physical Approaches

9. Coordination

10. Neurophysiological Structures

11. Exemplary Behaviors

12. Effects of Practice and Adaptation

13. Methods in Motor Control Studies