Mark Latash Control of Human Movement

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Control of Human Movement

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In Control of Human Movement, Mark Latash brings a diverse clinical and laboratory background to his approach to motor control. His work with physiology and motor control authorities Victor Gurfinkel, Anatol Feldman, and Gerald Gottlieb contributed to the comprehensive development of the equilibrium-point approach to motor control. His clinical experiences at the Spinal Cord Trauma Center in Moscow and Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago have helped him to better understand real-life clinical problems and their relationship to basic motor control studies.
Issues studied from this compelling and controversial perspective include single- and multi-joint movements; the emergence of electromyographic patterns; the phenomena of motor learning and variability; postural control and preprogramming; and pathological aspects of motor control in such disorders as spasticity, Parkinson's disease, and Down syndrome.

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Mark Latash is an assistant professor in the Department of Physiology and the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinois. He earned a master's degree in physics of living systems from the Moscow Physico-Technical Institute in 1976 and his PhD in physiology from Rush University in 1989. Dr. Latash is a member of the Society for Neuroscience.

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"If you believe that the solution to Bernstein's problem--"understanding the behavior of complex, multivariable systems"--lies in the study of single joint movements, this book is for you. It is a beautifully written treatise, a tour de force, on the control of simple movements. For the first time, we are provided a clear exposition of the various versions of the popular equilibrium point hypothesis." J.A. Scott Kelso, PhD Center for Complex Systems, Florida Atlantic University

"Our active movements arise from global changes in the equilibrium state of the nervous system as a result of the interaction of the motor apparatus with external forces and sensory information from the environment. This idea which rejects the traditional view of direct programming or calculation of muscle force and kinematic variables for movement production is well presented in this book." A.G. Feldman, PhD, DSc Senior researcher, professor, Institute for Biomedical Engineering, University of Montreal Research Center for Rehabilitation Institute

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