Human Motor Control,
Edition 2
By David A. Rosenbaum, MD

Publication Date: 30 Jul 2009

Motor Control is a complex process that involves the brain, muscles, limbs, and often external objects. It underlies motion, balance, stability, coordination, and our interaction with others and technology. This book is a comprehensive introduction to motor control, covering a complex topic in an approachable way encompassing the psychological, physiological, and computational approaches to motor control.

Human Motor Control, 2e cuts across all movement related disciplines: physical education, dance, physical therapy, robotics, etc. This second edition incorporates advances to the field, and integrates throughout the book how research harkens back to four critical questions: how do we select our actions of the many actions possible? How are these behaviors sequenced for appropriate order and timing between them? How does perception integrate with motor control? And how are perceptual–motor skills acquired?

As before, the book retains its signature organization around activity systems. These activity systems include walking, looking, reaching, drawing and writing, keyboarding, speaking and singing, and smiling. Chapters here exemplify rather than encompass all the behaviors related to them. Hence smiling discusses physical and neural control of the face used in other expressions besides smiling, as well as the origins of emotional expression, and the importance of emotion expression in social interaction. These chapters on activity systems are preceded by chapters on basics, with an introduction and information on the physiological and psychological foundations of movement. The last section discusses integration of movements, individual differences, theories of motor control, and the contributions of both genetics and technology to motor control.

Special features of the second edition:Organization by major activity systems New: brain imaging, social action, embodied cognition, advances in genetics and technology Detailed treatment of motor neuroscience Further Readings section added to each chapter

Key Features

  • Retains unique organization of first edition: Part 1 on Preliminaries, Part 2 on Activity Systems, Part 3 on Principles and Prospects
  • Emphasizes exciting advances in the field and promising new directions
  • Well-illustrated with entertaining figures
About the author
By David A. Rosenbaum, MD, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA USA
Table of Contents

Part 1: Preliminaries1. Introduction2. Core problems3. Physiological foundations4. Psychological foundationsPart 2: The activity systems5. Walking6. Looking7. Reaching8. Drawing and writing9. Keyboarding10. Speaking and singing11. SmilingPart 3: Principles and prospects12. Moving on

Book details
ISBN: 9780123742261
Page Count: 528
Retail Price : £58.99
Upper level undergraduate students and graduate students in Psychology and Kinesiology. Upper level undergraduate students and graduate students in Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Physical Therapy, Bioengineering