Compiled as a result of the Thirteenth Symposium of the Association for Attention and Performance, this collection focuses on the Symposium's theme: Organization of Action. The book is arranged in sections which provide a comprehensive view of the main issues raised during the meeting. Several aspects of the theme were considered, including:
the anatomical and physiological constraints on motor preparation and execution
. the influence of control (proprioceptive, cutaneous, visual, oculomotor) signals
the contribution of kinematics to the understanding of the underlying mechanisms
and the role of cognitive constraints such as attention or learning in goal selection
This new volume is of particular interest to professionals and researchers in cognitive psychology, physiology, and neuropsychology as well as those studying motor skills.
"After finishing this magnum opus, a reader clearly knows about most, if not all, of the critical issues in motor control. I recommend this issue to any student of human motor behavior."
"A thorough and comprehensive view of the issue of motor control is presented; in both its breadth and depth the book makes a notable contribution to the field….Overall, the writing is of high quality, and the scholarship is meticulous.In a volume with 30 contributing authors, this is a pleasant surprise! It serves as an excellent update on the existing literature because the chapters provide a wealth of references."
"The layout and uniform typesetting of papers is particularly pleasing. It ensures that the surface features of a paper do not get in the way of reading its content. Figures, tables, and graphs are of an equally high quality….cross referencing of papers within the volume is also very useful. I found all the papers that I read clear and easy to assimilate….Whether the symposium is the reason for this clarity or not, it is certainly to the editor's credit….This clarity benefited my reading of papers from areas of which I had little or no knowledge. I found something of interest in all of them, and I generally felt that I understood the issue being addressed in the paper….I found this to be a very useful book….You might want to order two though as I'm sure colleagues from other departments will also borrow a copy."
"The book is a substantial one with five empirical sections….a more important aspect of the volume is the extent to which the work included has broken free of the limitation imposed by overly simple measures of performance such as reaction time, movement time or end-point accuracy….In general, the combination of tutorials and in-depth coverage of particular areas through more experimental chapters means that Attention and Performance XIII provides a good coverage of much of the field of movement control….many of the chapters(and not just those in the tutorial section) do provide excellent reviews of selected topics."
—British Journal of Psychology
Contents: Section 1:Association Lecture. S. Sternberg, R.L. Knoll, D.L. Turock, On Hierarchical Control in the Execution of Action Sequences. Section 2:Tutorials on the Basic Organization Principles of Motor Representations. M. Wiesendanger, The Motor Cortical Areas and the Problem of Hierarchies. S.W. Keele, A. Cohen, R. Ivry, Motor Programs: Concepts and Issues. M.A. Arbib, Programs, Schemas and Neural Networks for Control of Hand Movements: Beyond the RS Framework. J.A.S. Kelso, J.D. DelColle, G. Sch ner, Action-Perception as a Pattern Formation Process. Section 3:Movement Initiation and Motor Output Specification in Voluntary Action. D.E. Meyer, J.E. Keith Smith, S. Kornblum, R.A. Abrams, C.E. Wright, Tutorial: Speed-Accuracy Tradeoffs in Aimed Movements: Toward a Theory of Rapid Voluntary Action. A.P. Georgopoulos, Neurophysiology of Reaching. C. Ghez, W. Hening, M. Favilla, Response Initiation and Specification of Response Features: Parallel Interacting Channels. C.E. Wright, Generalized Motor Programs: Reevaluating Claims of Effector Independence. D.A. Rosenbaum, F. Marchak, H.J. Barnes, J. Vaughan, J.D. Slotta, M.J. Jorgensen, Constraints for Action Selection: Overhand Versus Underhand Grips. Section 4:The Structure of Motor Patterns in Learned Movements and Speech. P. Viviani, Tutorial: Common Factors in the Control of Free and Spontaneous Movements. C.L. MacKenzie, D.L. Van Eerd, Rhythmic Precision in the Performance of Piano Scales: Motor Psychophysics and Motor Programming. A. Semjen, R. Gottsdanker, Rapid Serial Movements. Relation Between the Planning of Sequential Structure and Effector Selection. B. Tuller, J.A.S. Kelso, Phase Transitions in Speech Production: Empirical Observations. P.F. MacNeilage, B. Davis, Acquisition of Speech Production. Frames, Then Content. Section 5:Sensorimotor Transformation and the Representation of Action Coordinates. J.F. Soechting, C.A. Terzuolo, Tutorial: Sensorimotor Transformations and the Kinematics of Arm Movements in Three- Dimensional Space. J. Droulez, C. Darlot, The Geometric and Dynamic Implications of the Coherence Constraints in the Three-Dimensional Sensorimotor Interaction. J.R. Lackner, Sensory-Motor Adaptation to High Force Levels in Parabolic Flight Maneuvers. J.P. Roll, J.C. Gilhodes, R. Roll, J.L. Velay, Contribution of Skeletal and Extraocular Proprioception to Kinaesthetic Representation. H. Honda, Eye Movements to a Visual Stimulus Flashed Before, During, or After a Saccade. D.N. Lee, B.M. Daniel, J. Turnbull, Basic Perceptuo-Motor Dysfunctions in Cerebral Palsy. G. Butterworth, L. Grover, Joint Visual Attention, Manual Pointing and Pre-Verbal Communication in Human Infancy. Section 6:The Role of Sensory-Based Adjustments in the Achievement of the Goal. J.H. Abbs, C.J. Winstein, Tutorial: Functional Contributions of Rapid and Automatic Sensory-Based Adjustments to Motor Output. C. Prablanc, D. Pelisson, Gaze Saccade Orienting and Hand Pointing are Locked to Their Goal by Quick Internal Loops. R. Johansson, G. Westling, Tactile Afferent Signals in the Control of Precision Grip. J.N. Sanes, Motor Representations in Deafferented Humans: A Mechanism for Disordered Movement Performance. Section 7:Constraints on Motor Learning and Development. C. von Hofsten, Tutorial: A Perception-Action Perspective on the Development of Manual Movements. D.E. Young, R.A. Schmidt, C.A. Lange, Units of Motor Behavior: Modifications with Practice and Feedback. M.I. Jordan, Learning and the Degrees of Freedom Problem. P. Faglioni, A. Basso, C. Botti, S. Aglioti, C. Saetti, Gesture Learning and Apraxia.