Takanori Oku

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Musical performance requires extremely fast and dexterous limb movements. The underlying biological mechanisms have been an object of interest among scientists and non-scientists for centuries. Numerous studies of musicians and non-musicians have demonstrated that neuroplastic adaptations through early and deliberate musical training endowed superior motor(More)
Based on the idea of synergy to explore the building blocks of movements, this study focused on the muscle space for reaching movements by human upper limbs on a horizontal plane to estimate the relationship among muscle synergies, equilibrium-point (EP) trajectories, and endpoint stiffness in two ways: (1) a novel estimation method that analyzes(More)
The tacit representation of muscle coordination has been a major topic of research on motor control since Bernstein's pioneering work. To unravel the mechanisms underlying voluntary movements, we investigated the electromyography signals of six muscles in a non-dominant upper limb during fast spiral movements on a horizontal plane. We considered muscle(More)
This paper proposes a novel method for assessment of muscle imbalance based on muscle synergy hypothesis and equilibrium point (EP) hypothesis of motor control. We explain in detail the method for extracting muscle synergies under the concept of agonist-antagonist (AA) muscle pairs and for estimating EP trajectories and endpoint stiffness of human upper(More)
Stroke rehabilitation requires intralimb coordination to achieve natural movement after recovery. Focusing on mechanical impedance by the coactivation of agonist muscles, we performed two experiments to assess the intralimb coordination of a post-stroke subject using two indices of the endpoint stiffness and muscle synergies. The results of the first(More)
Investigation of neural representation of movement planning has attracted the attention of neuroscientists, as it may reveal the sensorimotor transformation essential to motor control. The analysis of muscle synergies based on the activity of agonist-antagonist (AA) muscle pairs may provide insight into such transformations, especially for a reference frame(More)