The Effect of Muscle Contraction on Kinaesthesia

  • Andrew K. Wise
  • James B. Fallon
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 508)


Kinaesthesia is our conscious awareness of body position and movement. Experiments are described examining kinaesthetic acuity in human subjects. The results showed a reduced ability to detect limb movement and match limb position during co-contraction of elbow extensors and flexors compared to when these muscles were relaxed. We also report results from animal experiments showing a reduction in muscle spindle stretch sensitivity during fusimotor and skeletomotor activation, a factor that might contribute to the decreased kinaesthetic acuity observed during muscle contraction.


Muscle Spindle Triceps Muscle Spindle Activity Elbow Extensor Movement Detection Threshold 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew K. Wise
    • 1
  • James B. Fallon
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhysiologyMonash UniversityClaytonAustralia
  2. 2.Department of Electrical EngineeringMonash UniversityClaytonAustralia

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