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Comparison of the relation between timing and force control during finger-tapping sequences by pianists and non pianists.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11678132     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
To examine the relation between timing and force control during finger taping sequences by both pianists and nonpianists, participants tapped a force plate connected to strain gauges. A series of finger tapping tasks consisted of 16 combinations of pace (intertap interval: 180, 200, 400, or 800 ms) and peak force (50, 100, 200, or 400 g). Analysis showed that, although movement timing was independent of force control under low or medium pace conditions, there were strong interactions between the 2 parameters under high pace conditions. The results indicate that participants adapted the movement by switching from separately controlling these parameters in the slow and moderate movement to coupling them in the fast movement. While variations in the intertap interval affected force production by nonpianists, they had little effect for pianists. The ratios of time-to-peak force to press duration increased linearly in pianists but varied irregularly in nonpianists, as the required force decreased. Thus, pianists regulate peak force by timing control of peak force to press duration, suggesting that training affects the relationship between the 2 parameters.
N Inui; T Ichihara
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Motor control     Volume:  5     ISSN:  1087-1640     ISO Abbreviation:  Motor Control     Publication Date:  2001 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-10-24     Completed Date:  2001-12-18     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9706297     Medline TA:  Motor Control     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  385-98     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Human Motor Control in the Faculty of Health and Living Sciences at the Naruto University of Education, Naruto-shi, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Motor Activity*
Motor Skills*
Practice (Psychology)
Psychomotor Performance
Reaction Time
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