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Dexterity and Its Development


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Contents: Preface. N.A. Bernstein, Part I: On Dexterity and Its Development. Introduction. What Is Dexterity? On Motor Control. On the Origin of Movements. On the Construction of Movements. Levels of Construction of Movements. On Exercise and Motor Skill. Dexterity and Its Features. From the Author. Part II: Commentaries. I.M. Feigenberg, L.P. Latash, N.A. Bernstein: The Reformer of Neuroscience. M.L. Latash, The Bernstein Problem: How Does the Central Nervous System Make Its Choices? G.J. van Ingen Schenau, A.J. van Soest, On the Biomechanical Basis of Dexterity. M.T. Turvey, C. Carello, Dynamics of Bernstein's Level of Synergies. P.J. Beek, A.A.M. van Santvoord, Dexterity in Cascade Juggling. K.M. Newell, Change in Movement and Skill: Learning, Retention, and Transfer. E.S. Reed, B. Bril, The Primacy of Action in Development.


"As Bernstein originally intended, the present volume possesses the necessary breadth and depth to appeal to movement scientists of many levels, backgrounds, and disciplines....Texts such as Bernstein's provide a welcome antidote to the growing tendency toward specialization and fragmentation that bothers present-day movement science."
-Contemporary Psychology"This excellent book, about how movement is developed and controlled, is easy to understand and is a very practical work for biomechanics, kinesiologists, therapists, physiologists, and especially motor behaviorists. [It] presents movement control and development in practical, realistic contexts and provides excellent examples with supporting figures....should be seriously considered by all interested in human movement control. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals."

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