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Postural coordination modes considered as emergent phenomena.
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PMID:  10531664     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The coordination of multiple body segments (torso and legs) in the control of standing posture during a suprapostural task was studied. The analysis was motivated by dynamical theories of motor coordination. In 2 experiments it was found that multisegment postural coordination could be described by the relative phase of rotations around the hip and ankle joints. The effective length of the feet, the height of the center of mass, and the amplitude of head motions in a visual tracking task were varied. Across these variations, 2 modes of hip-ankle coordination were observed: in-phase and anti-phase. The emergence of these modes was influenced by constraints imposed by the suprapostural tracking task, supporting the idea that such tasks influence postural control in an adaptive manner. Results are interpreted in terms of a dynamical approach to coordination in which postural coordination modes can be viewed as emergent phenomena.
B G Bardy; L Marin; T A Stoffregen; R J Bootsma
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of experimental psychology. Human perception and performance     Volume:  25     ISSN:  0096-1523     ISO Abbreviation:  J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform     Publication Date:  1999 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-11-16     Completed Date:  1999-11-16     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7502589     Medline TA:  J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1284-301     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of the Mediterranean, Marseille, France.
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MeSH Terms
Head / physiology
Models, Psychological
Movement / physiology
Psychological Theory*

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