Robotic neurorehabilitation: a computational motor learning perspective
This study investigates the human response to impulse perturbations at the midpoint of a haptically-guided straight-line point-to-point movement. Such perturbation response may be used as an assessment tool during robot-mediated neuro-rehabilitation therapy. Subjects show variety in their perturbation responses. Movements with a lower perturbation displacement exhibit high frequency oscillations, indicative of increased joint stiffness. Equally, movements with a high perturbation displacement exhibit lower frequency oscillations with higher amplitude and a longer settling time. Some subjects show unexpected transients during the perturbation impulse, which may be caused by complex joint interactions in the hand and arm.