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Curr Opin Neurobiol. 1992 Dec;2(6):815-23.

Sensory-motor coordination during grasping and manipulative actions.

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Department of Physiology, University of UmeƄ, Sweden.

Abstract

Goal-directed grasping and manipulation of objects are human skills that depend on automatic sensory control in which predictive feed-forward mechanisms integrate somatosensory and visual signals with sensory-motor memory systems. Memory representations of physical and task-relevant properties of the object play a pivotal role. Anticipatory strategies are crucial when purposeful actions arise from learned relationships between afferent patterns and efferent commands. The development of even elementary precision grip skills is a protracted process not concluded until early adolescence. Not surprisingly, the neural control of manual actions engages most central nervous system areas known to be involved in motor control.

PMID:
1477545
DOI:
10.1016/0959-4388(92)90139-c
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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