response-chaining hypothesis

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An early explanation of movement control which suggested that each action is triggered by feedback from the immediately previous action. A movement is initiated by an external stimulus, which causes a muscle or muscle group to contract. The muscle contraction generates sensory information called response-produced feedback. This feedback serves as a trigger for the next contraction and so on until the movement sequence is completed. Research has shown that feedback is not essential for all motor actions, therefore the response-chaining hypothesis cannot be universally applicable.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

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