Synchronization of Rhythm in Motor Actions

  • M. Stadler
  • S. Vogt
  • P. Kruse
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Series in Synergetics book series (SSSYN, volume 55)


Motor rhythms studied on the level of behavioral phenomenology are surveyed in this paper and alternative views to the concept of motor programming are presented. First, v. Hoist’s concept of coupled oscillators and the Fourier coding model are discussed. The experimental data presented do not confirm frequency-specific processing if dissociated from the phase angle information. Then physical and cognitive principles of self-organization in the motor domain are investigated. Following the results of experimental studies the principle of exploitation of kinetic energy seems to be an organizing factor in motor actions. Furthermore the results of serial reproduction experiments show that the cyclical movement rhythms converge to the same eigen-structure of simple harmonic relations. Finally it is concluded that there is a transition in the development of goal-directed action from goal-adjustment to goal-attraction.


Couple Oscillator Frequency Selective Channel Motor Rhythm Motor Organization Frequency Composition 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Stadler
    • 1
  • S. Vogt
    • 2
  • P. Kruse
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of BremenBremen 33Germany
  2. 2.Max Planck Institute for Psychological ResearchMünchen 40Germany

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