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Human Movement, Psychology

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The psychology of human movement is a broad ranging field that includes both how the motor control system produces movements, and how the sensory system perceives these movements itself and from others. Since both the structure of the body and the strategy for producing movements are unique they provide constraints that are potentially important for the sensory interpretation of movement. Applied areas of study in the psychology of human movement include sports psychology and social psychology, particularly when it applies to nonverbal communication interpretation of visual information from movements such as gait is of particular interest for biometrics. In the domain of visual perception, the psychology of human movement perception is becoming an increasingly important example of how the visual system processes a complex signal changing over time and attaches meaning and social significance to this signal.

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(2009). Human Movement, Psychology. In: Li, S.Z., Jain, A. (eds) Encyclopedia of Biometrics. Springer, Boston, MA.

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