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Yvonne Delevoye-Turrell & Alan M. Wing

In: Handbook of Cognition

Chapter 5: Action and Motor Skills: Adaptive Behaviour for Intended Goals

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Action and Motor Skills: Adaptive Behaviour for Intended Goals
Action and motor skills: Adaptive behaviour for intended goals
YvonneDelevoye-Turrell, Alan M.Wing

Compared to other areas of cognitive neuroscience, it might appear that the mechanisms controlling our actions should be readily understood, because the observation of the outcome of a motor action reveals its goal and gives access to its biological significance. However, adaptive control of movement involves much more than the contraction of a predefined sequence of muscles. Well-adjusted motor actions must be informed not only by the constraints of the environment in which the movement is performed, but also by knowledge of our own effector limits. This chapter will specifically address these issues and will focus primarily on two fundamental questions:

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