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Current status of the motor program: Revisited


Summers, JJ and Anson, JG, Current status of the motor program: Revisited, Human Movement Science, 28, (2009) pp. 566-577. ISSN 0167-9457 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.humov.2009.01.002


The motor program is a concept that has had a major influence on theorizing in the field of motor control. However, there has been a lack of consensus as to what exactly is a motor program and its role in movement organization and execution. In 1994 Morris, Summers, Matyas, and Iansek concluded from a review of the application of the motor program concept in the field of physical therapy that continued use of the term may impede progress in the field. In this paper we examine what has happened to the motor program concept in the thirteen years since the previous evaluation. The review indicates that although the term is still being used in different ways, the theoretical existence of a motor program appears to be generally accepted by researchers in experimental psychology, movement science, and neurophysiology. The recent development of powerful brain imaging techniques may allow determination of whether the motor program should be regarded as a metaphorical or literal concept. © 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Cognitive and computational psychology
Research Field:Sensory processes, perception and performance
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in psychology
UTAS Author:Summers, JJ (Professor Jeffery Summers)
ID Code:56596
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:64
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2009-05-13
Last Modified:2015-02-06

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