Central and peripheral coordination in movement sequences

Paul Cordo, M. Schieppati, L. Bevan, L. G. Carlton, M. J. Carlton

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Motor coordination has been too poorly defined to be a useful construct in studying the control of movement. In general, motor coordination involves controlling both the timing and the kinematics of movement. Yet the motor behaviors typically used for the study of coordination have required controlling only the timing or the spatial aspects of a movement. To understand better the basis of motor behavior, this study examined movement sequences, a class of movement in which both the timing and the kinematics must be controlled. In one experiment we studied a reaching and grasping movement sequence to characterize the central coordination of movement sequences. In another experiment we studied a throwing movement sequence to characterize the peripheral (kinesthetic) coordination of movement sequences. An heuristic model is presented to explain how central and peripheral mechanisms of coordination might interact to produce accurate movement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)124-130
Number of pages7
JournalPsychological Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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