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Motor Control. 2007 Jul;11(3):276-308.

Toward a new theory of motor synergies.

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Dept of Kinesiology, Pennyslvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA.

Abstract

Driven by recent empirical studies, we offer a new understanding of the degrees of freedom problem, and propose a refined concept of synergy as a neural organization that ensures a one-to-many mapping of variables providing for both stability of important performance variables and flexibility of motor patterns to deal with possible perturbations and/or secondary tasks. Empirical evidence is reviewed, including a discussion of the operationalization of stability/flexibility through the method of the uncontrolled manifold. We show how this concept establishes links between the various accounts for how movement is organized in redundant effector systems.

PMID:
17715460
DOI:
10.1123/mcj.11.3.276
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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