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Unique features of human movement control predicted by the leading joint hypothesis

  • Natalia Dounskaia (a1)
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  • Published online: 15 June 2012

Vaesen suggests that motor control is not among the primary origins of the uniqueness of human tool use. However, recent findings show that cognitive processes involved in control of human limb movements may be much more sophisticated than it was believed previously. The sophistication of movement control may substantially contribute to the uniqueness of humans in tool use.

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N. Dounskaia (2005) The internal model and the leading joint hypothesis: Implications for control of multi-joint movements. Experimental Brain Research 166:116.

N. Dounskaia (2010) Control of human limb movements: The leading joint hypothesis and its practical applications. Exercise and Sport Science Reviews 38:201208.

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N. Dounskaia , J. Goble & W. Wang (2011) The role of intrinsic factors in control of arm movement direction: Implications from directional preferences. Journal of Neurophysiology 105:9991010.

J. A. Goble , Y. Zhang , Y. Shimansky , S. Sharma & N. V. Dounskaia (2007) Directional biases reveal utilization of arm's biomechanical properties for optimization of motor behavior. Journal of Neurophysiology 98:1240–52.

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • ISSN: 0140-525X
  • EISSN: 1469-1825
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