The amount and structure of human movement variability

Authored by: Karl M. Newell , Eric G. James

Routledge Handbook of Biomechanics and Human Movement Science

Print publication date:  May  2008
Online publication date:  June  2008

Print ISBN: 9780415408813
eBook ISBN: 9780203889688
Adobe ISBN: 9781134132348

10.4324/9780203889688.ch7

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Abstract

Variability is a hallmark property of biological systems within and between species. In many disciplines variability has been a fundamental source of information for the development of theory but the importance of variability has been less central in human biomechanics and motor control research. Generally, the field of human movement has focused on the invariance of movement properties as opposed to its variance for the primary source of information about the organization of motor control.

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