ERIC Number: EJ733629
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jan
Motor Control Research Requires Nonlinear Dynamics
Guastello, Stephen J.
American Psychologist, v61 n1 p77-78 Jan 2006
The author comments on the original article "The Cinderella of psychology: The neglect of motor control in the science of mental life and behavior," by D. A. Rosenbaum. Rosenbaum draws attention to the study of motor control and evaluates seven possible explanations for why the topic has been relatively neglected. The point of this comment is that the present status of motor control research is a result of some broader historical trends in psychological research. When these historical elements are considered, the explanations for the current status of motor control research can be regrouped as (a) the division-of-labor hypothesis, (b) the dumb-experiment hypothesis, and (c) the critical-concepts-were-not-available-until-recently hypothesis.
Descriptors: Psychological Studies, Motor Reactions, Psychology, Psychomotor Skills, Mental Health, Behavioral Science Research
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