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Routledge Handbook of Motor Control and Motor Learning

1st Edition

Edited by Albert Gollhofer, Wolfgang Taube, Jens Bo Nielsen


432 pages

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The Routledge Handbook of Motor Control and Motor Learning is the first book to offer a comprehensive survey of neurophysiological, behavioural and biomechanical aspects of motor function. Adopting an integrative approach, it examines the full range of key topics in contemporary human movement studies, explaining motor behaviour in depth from the molecular level to behavioural consequences.

The book contains contributions from many of the world´s leading experts in motor control and motor learning, and is composed of five thematic parts:

  • Theories and models
  • Basic aspects of motor control and learning
  • Motor control and learning in locomotion and posture
  • Motor control and learning in voluntary actions
  • Challenges in motor control and learning

Mastering and improving motor control may be important in sports, but it becomes even more relevant in rehabilitation and clinical settings, where the prime aim is to regain motor function. Therefore the book addresses not only basic and theoretical aspects of motor control and learning but also applied areas like robotics, modelling and complex human movements. This book is both a definitive subject guide and an important contribution to the contemporary research agenda. It is therefore important reading for students, scholars and researchers working in sports and exercise science, kinesiology, physical therapy, medicine and neuroscience.

Table of Contents

SECTION 1: Theories And Models Chapter 1: Theoretical models of motor control and motor learning - Adrian M. Haith and John W. Krakauer Chapter 2: What can we learn from animal models - Eric M. Rouiller Chapter 3: Postural control by disturbance estimation and compensation through long-loop responses - Thomas Mergner Chapter 4: Motor learning explored with myoelectric and neural interfaces - Andrew Jackson and Kianoush Nazarpour Chapter 5: Biomechanical and neuromechanical concepts for legged locomotion: Computer models and robot validation - Andre Seyfarth, Sten Grimmer, Daniel Häufle, Horst-Moritz Maus, Frank Peuker, Karl-Theodor Kalveram SECTION 2: Basic Aspects of Motor Control and Learning Chapter 6: Visual activation of short latency reinforcement mechanisms in the basal ganglia - Nicolas Vautrelle, Mariana Leriche and Peter Redgrave Chapter 7: The role of augmented feedback in human motor learning - Christian Leukel & Jesper Lundbye-Jensen Chapter 8: Neuroscientific aspects of implicit motor learning in sport - Frank Zhu, Jamie Poolton and Rich Masters Chapter 9: Mirror neurons and imitation - Stefano Rozzi, Giovanni Buccino and Pier F. Ferrari SECTION 3: Motor Control and Learning in Locomotion and Posture Chapter 10: Neural control of walking - Michael J. Grey. Laurent Bouyer and Jens Bo Nielsen Chapter 11: Adaptive plasticity of gait - Laurent Bouyer, Michael J. Grey and Jens Bo Nielsen Chapter 12: Motor control & motor learning in stretch-shortening cycle movements - Wolfgang Taube, Christian Leukel and Albert Gollhofer Chapter 13: Postural control and balance training - Wolfgang Taube, Christian Leukel and Albert Gollhofer SECTION 4: Motor Control and Learning in Voluntary Actions Chapter 14: Body schema, illusions of movement and body perception - Mark Schram Christensen Chapter 15: Voluntary movement: Limitations and consequences of the anatomy and physiology of motor pathways Chapter - John C. Rothwell and Jens Bo Nielsen 16: Acute and long-term neural adaptations to training - Jacques Duchateau, Tibor Hortobágyi and Roger M. Enoka SECTION 5: Challenges in motor control and learning Chapter 17: Motor control & motor learning under Fatigue Conditions Chapter - Janet L. Taylor 18: Movement disorders – implications for the understanding of motor control - Michèle Hubli and Volker Dietz

About the Editors

Albert Gollhofer is Professor and Head of the Department of Sport Sciences at the University of Freiburg, Germany. He is former President of the European College of Sport Science and of the German Society of Biomechanics.

Wolfgang Taube is Professor and Head of the Movement and Sport Science Department at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. He is member of the national research council Switzerland and executive member of the Swiss Society of Sport.

Jens Bo Nielsen is Professor of Human Motor Control at the Institute of Exercise and Sport Sciences & Institute of Neuroscience and Pharmacology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He is head of the research group Copenhagen Neural Control of Movement.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Neuroscience
MEDICAL / Sports Medicine
PSYCHOLOGY / Neuropsychology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Neuroscience