The effect of volition on the stability of bimanual coordination

Smethurst, C. J. and Carson, R. G. (2003) The effect of volition on the stability of bimanual coordination. Journal of Motor Behavior, 35 3: 309-319.

Author Smethurst, C. J.
Carson, R. G.
Title The effect of volition on the stability of bimanual coordination
Journal name Journal of Motor Behavior   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-2895
Publication date 2003-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 35
Issue 3
Start page 309
End page 319
Total pages 11
Editor B. Adelman
Place of publication Washington , DC, U.S.A.
Publisher Heldref
Language eng
Subject C1
321403 Motor Control
780108 Behavioural and cognitive sciences
Abstract The authors investigated how the intention to passively perform a behavior and the intention to persist with a behavior impact upon the spatial and temporal properties of bimanual coordination. Participants (N = 30) were asked to perform a bimanual coordination task that demanded the continuous rhythmic extension-flexion of the wrists. The frequency of movement was scaled by an auditory metronome beat from 1.5 Hz, increasing to 3.25 Hz in .25-Hz increments. The task was further defined by the requirement that the movements be performed initially in a prescribed pattern of coordination (in-phase or antiphase) while the participants assumed one of two different intentional states: stay with the prescribed pattern should it become unstable or do not intervene should the pattern begin to change. Transitions away from the initially prescribed pattern were observed only in trials conducted in the antiphase mode of coordination. The time at which the antiphase pattern of coordination became unstable was not found to be influenced by the intentional state. In addition, the do-not-intervene set led to a switch to an in-phase pattern of coordination whereas the stay set led to phase wandering. Those findings are discussed within the framework of a dynamic account of bimanual coordination.
Keyword Neurosciences
Sport Sciences
Psychology, Experimental
Bimanual Coordination
Motor Control
Nonequilibrium Phase-transitions
Reasoned Action
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: 2004 Higher Education Research Data Collection
School of Psychology Publications
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