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Human Output Channels

First we will describe some relevant theories on human motor control from a historical perspective. In the Appendix, there will be sections on the HOC channels studied in (speech, facial movements, handwriting, gesturing, and object manipulation). There are three theoretical mainstreams in this area.

First, the field of Cybernetics, i.e., the sub-field which led to Systems Theory, has exerted a profound influence on our insight of motor control as a process involving target-directed activities and error correction by feedback.

Second, Cognitive Motor Theory exposes the need for a description of the representational and computational aspects of motor control.

Third, the Systems Dynamics Approach is powerful in explaining a number of motor control phenomena, especially in oscillatory behavior.

Esprit Project 8579/MIAMI (Schomaker et al., '95)
Thu May 18 16:00:17 MET DST 1995