Modeling Rhythmic Interlimb Coordination: Beyond the Haken–Kelso–Bunz Model

  title={Modeling Rhythmic Interlimb Coordination: Beyond the Haken–Kelso–Bunz Model},
  author={Peter Jan Beek and C. E. Peper and Andreas Daffertshofer},
  journal={Brain and Cognition},
Although the Haken-Kelso-Bunz (HKB) model was originally formulated to account for phase transitions in bimanual movements, it evolved, through experimentation and conceptual elaboration, into a fundamental formal construct for the experimental study of rhythmically coordinated movements in general. The model consists of two levels of formalization: a potential defining the stability properties of relative phase and a system of coupled limit cycle oscillators defining the individual limb… 

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  • Psychology
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  • 2011
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