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Introduction

Voluntary movements are the only means by which the human mind can communicate with the outside world and other minds. Be it speech, facial expression, manipulation of objects, gesturing or simply pressing a button – the mind cannot manifest itself otherwise than by directing movements of the body. Consequently, the range of behaviours that could be subsumed under the heading ‘voluntary movement assessment’ is infinite.

This entry will concentrate on a very limited range of motor behaviours which neuropsychological tradition considers as giving rise to ‘high level’ disorders of motor control. They are summarized in Table 1. The rather vague and ill-defined term is meant to signify that disorders are neither purely motor nor purely mental but arise at the interface between mental processes and motor ...

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