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Unformatted text preview: Definition: Motor Control is the combination of recognizing stimuli, processing it and responding through the central nervous system and peripheral nervous system in order to perform specific actions. Examples: • Shooting a basketball - the brain has to go through the process of aspects of a shot and then produce it • Preparing to save a shot in hockey - the brain must respond to quick, unpredictable actions to assume where the shot will go • Touching a hot stove – you move your hand away before you even intellectually realize that the stove is hot Goals of the subdiscipline: to understand how to coordinate muscles and joints during movement, how to control a sequence of movements, and how to use environmental information to plan and adjust movements. (Hoffman; 214) • The study of motor behavior focuses on how skills are learned and controlled, and how movement changes from birth through the end of life • The study of motor control addresses 5 areas: 1. Degrees of freedom-coordination: playing catch in baseball, football 2. Motor equivalency 3. Serial order of movements-co articulation 4. Perceptual integration during movement 5. Skill acquisition Where do motor behaviorists work and what do they do there? o University Labs Research in the area of motor control. Scholars may write grants to support research or programs related to practice Teaching duties could in motor control courses or related topics Evaluating motor disorders or managing a programs for individuals with motor disorders (Hoffman; 213) o Clinical settings (hospital) Work with patients in rehabilitation o Industrial or military settings Ex. How night vision glasses influence a pilots control of helicopters or what the optimal method is for training workers to assemble a product (Hoffman; 213) History of Motor Behavior •...
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- Spring '10
- Motor control, Motor Behavior