Topological Characteristics In The Acquisition Of Coordination

  • Richard E. A. van Emmerik
  • Karl M. Newell
Part of the Recent Research in Psychology book series (PSYCHOLOGY)


In this paper, we will demonstrate the importance of biokinematic analysis of the joint dynamics in the acquisition of coordinated movement patterns, and articulate how this approach might develop our knowledge of the way movement patterns form; particularly how specific phase transitions occur as a consequence of learning. An important element of this orientation is a better understanding of the interaction between biological and task constraints on action. This approach will have far reaching implications for teaching and training strategies in the human factors domain.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard E. A. van Emmerik
    • 1
  • Karl M. Newell
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physical EducationUniversity of IllinoisUrbana-ChampaignUSA

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