The relation between movement parameters and motor learning.

Smeets, Jeroen B.J. (2000) The relation between movement parameters and motor learning. [Preprint]

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In a recent paper, Flament et al (1999) studied the learning to flex the elbow fast. They concluded from their data that time-related parameters (e.g. movement time) changed faster during learning than magnitude-related parameters (e.g. peak velocity), and discussed this finding in terms of neural substrates responsible for the apparently different learning mechanisms. In this note, I will argue that finding different time constants does not imply different learning mechanisms. I will give a theoretical example of the development of parameters during learning to move faster. Despite the fact that I model only one learning process, various kinematic parameters show different time courses of learning. The differences the model predicts are comparable with the experimental results.

Item Type:Preprint
Keywords:Human motor learning kinematics speed amplitude EMG acceleration arm movement minimum jerk model cerebellum basal ganglia timing
Subjects:Neuroscience > Behavioral Neuroscience
Biology > Behavioral Biology
Psychology > Developmental Psychology
Neuroscience > Neurophysiology
ID Code:144
Deposited By: Smeets, Jeroen B.J.
Deposited On:12 May 2000
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:53


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