Dynamics of multi-articular coordination in neurobiological systems

Chow, Jia Yi X., Davids, Keith W., Button, Chris, Rein, Robert, Hristovski, Robert, & Koh, Michael (2009) Dynamics of multi-articular coordination in neurobiological systems. Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences, 13(1), pp. 27-55.

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Although previous work in nonlinear dynamics on neurobiological coordination and control has provided valuable insights from studies of single joint movements in humans, researchers have shown increasing interest in coordination of multi-articular actions. Multi-articular movement models have provided valuable insights on neurobiological systems conceptualised as degenerate, adaptive complex systems satisfying the constraints of dynamic environments. In this paper, we overview empirical evidence illustrating the dynamics of adaptive movement behavior in a range of multi-articular actions including kicking, throwing, hitting and balancing. We model the emergence of creativity and the diversity of neurobiological action in the meta-stable region of self organising criticality. We examine the influence on multi-articular actions of decaying and emerging constraints in the context of skill acquisition. We demonstrate how, in this context, transitions between preferred movement patterns exemplify the search for and adaptation of attractor states within the perceptual motor workspace as a function of practice. We conclude by showing how empirical analyses of neurobiological coordination and control have been used to establish a nonlinear pedagogical framework for enhancing acquisition of multi-articular actions.

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ID Code: 28286
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Perception, Psychomotor Skill, Attractor, Degeneracy, Coordination
ISSN: 1090-0578
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: 12 Nov 2009 02:28
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:56

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