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Models and Architectures for Motor ControlSimple or Complex?

Emmanuel Guigon

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/9780195395273.003.0020
Models and Architectures for Motor ControlSimple or Complex?

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For the purpose of motor coordination, the nervous system faces a complex control problem, involving redundant degrees of freedom, nonlinear dynamics of limbs and actuators, noise, and perturbations. Models and architectures have been proposed to describe motor coordination in terms of computational processes, and to identify possible simplifying strategies that would alleviate the workload of the nervous system. This chapter reviews several strategies ranging from biomechanical to function levels. It concludes that none of the proposed strategies actually tackle the overall problem of motor coordination. It presents a principled approach that provides an overarching account of motor control.

Keywords: motor coordination; freedom; nervous system; motor control

Chapter.  10025 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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