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A Canonical-Dissipative Approach to Control and Coordination in the Complex System Agent-Task-Environment

Till D. Frank, Dobromir G. Dotov and Michael T. Turvey

in Motor Control

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780195395273
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199863518 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395273.003.0003
A Canonical-Dissipative Approach to Control and Coordination in the Complex System Agent-Task-Environment

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Systems comprising agent, task, and environment are self-organizing open systems. In physics, such systems, which operate far from thermal equilibrium, have been described successfully in terms of so-called canonical-dissipative systems, and canonical-dissipative oscillators in particular. This chapter shows how the latter class of systems can be used to investigate the extent to which agent-dependent variables, task-specific properties, and environmental conditions affect control and coordination of movement. More specifically, it applies the canonical-dissipative approach to study the emergence of oscillatory Parkinson tremor as well as coordination in the context of paced and self-paced rhythmic limb movements.

Keywords: agent; task; environment; thermal equilibrium; Parkinson tremor; coordination of movement

Chapter.  8205 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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