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Motor Behavior

Programming, Control, and Acquisition

  • Herbert Heuer
  • Uwe Kleinbeck
  • Klaus-Helmut Schmidt

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. R. A. Schmidt, D. E. Sherwood, H. N. Zelaznik, B. J. Leikind
    Pages 79-123
  3. C. I. Howarth, W. D. A. Beggs
    Pages 125-151
  4. P. A. Hancock, K. M. Newell
    Pages 153-188
  5. John Annett
    Pages 189-212
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 213-223

About this book


In recent years there has been steadily increasing interest in motor behavior and a growing awareness that a person not only has to know what to do in a particular situation, but also how to do it. The question of how actions are performed is of central concern in the area of motor control. This volume provides an advanced-level treatment of some of the main issues. Experiments concerned with basic processes of motor control typ­ ically examine very simple movements. At first glance these tasks appear to be far removed from real-world tasks, but it should be kept in mind that they are not studied for their own sake. One of the main reasons for using them is the well-recognized, but sometimes questioned, scientific principle that basic laws may be discovered more easily in simple situations than iIi complex situations. Another reason is that the simple tasks studied constitute building blocks of more complex tasks. For example, some complex skills can be consid­ ered as consisting of sequences of aimed movements, although, as no one would doubt, knowing everything about these individual movements does not mean knowing everything about, for example, typing. The first two chapters of the present volume focus on behavioral and physiological studies of programming and preparation of move­ ments. In the first chapter D. Rosenbaum introduces the concept of a motor program that is set up in advance of the overt movement.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Herbert Heuer
    • 1
  • Uwe Kleinbeck
    • 2
  • Klaus-Helmut Schmidt
    • 3
  1. 1.Abteilung für PsychologieUniversität BielefeldBielefeldGermany
  2. 2.Fach PsychologieBergische Universität-Gesamthochschule WuppertalWuppertalGermany
  3. 3.Institut für ArbeitsphysiologieUniversität DortmundDortmundGermany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Motor Behavior
  • Book Subtitle Programming, Control, and Acquisition
  • Editors Herbert Heuer
    Uwe Kleinbeck
    Klaus-Helmut Schmidt
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-13448-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-69751-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-69749-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 224
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Artificial Intelligence
    Psychology, general
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