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Dynamics of movement patterning in learning a discrete multiarticular action

Chow, Jia Yi, Davids, Keith W., Button, Chris, & Rein, Robert (2008) Dynamics of movement patterning in learning a discrete multiarticular action. Motor Control : The International Journal for the Multidisciplinary Study of Voluntary Movement, 12(3), pp. 219-240.

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Abstract

From a nonlinear dynamics perspective, presence of movement variability before a change in preferred movement patterns is hypothesized to afford the necessary adaptability and flexibility for seeking novel functional behaviors. In this study, four novice participants practiced a discrete multiarticular movement for 12 sessions over 4 weeks. Cluster analysis procedures revealed how changes between preferred movement patterns were affected with and without the presence of variability in movement clusters before a defined change. Performance improved in all participants as a function of practice. Participants typically showed evidence of change between preferred movement clusters and higher variability in the use of movement clusters within a session. However, increasing variability in movement clusters was not always accompanied by transition from one preferred movement cluster to another. In summary, it was observed that intentional and informational constraints play an important role in influencing the specific pathway of change for individual learners as they search for new preferred movement patterns.

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ID Code: 18111
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Learning,, Transitions, Movement variability, Cluster analysis, Informational contraints
ISSN: 1087-1640
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > HUMAN MOVEMENT AND SPORTS SCIENCE (110600) > Motor Control (110603)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Deposited On: 27 Apr 2009 07:57
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:43

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