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In studies of rhythmic coordination, where sensory information is often generated by an auditory stimulus, spatial and temporal variability are known to decrease at points in the movement cycle coincident with the stimulus, a phenomenon known as anchoring (Byblow et al. 1994). Here we hypothesize that the role of anchoring may be to globally stabilize(More)
In human coordination studies information from the environment may not only pace rhythmic behavior, but also contribute to the observed dynamics, e.g. aphenomenon known as anchoring in the literature. For the paradigmatic caseof bimanual coordination we study these contributions mathematically and develop a model of the interaction between the limb's(More)
Humans are often faced with tasks that require stabilizing inherently unstable situations. The authors explored the dynamics of human functional stabilization by having participants continually balance a pole until a minimum time criterion was reached. Conditions were manipulated with respect to geometry, mass, and characteristic "fall time" of the pole.(More)
Gary Becker argues that a person should make investments in human capital as early as possible because he will thereby maximize the period over which the investment pays out. Also, the pay out period will be less discounted, and a person's opportunity cost of time is lowest when he is young. However, this theory does not provide much guidance on what is the(More)
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