Muscular co-contraction covaries with task load to control the flow of motion in fine motor tasks.

@article{Meulenbroek2005MuscularCC,
  title={Muscular co-contraction covaries with task load to control the flow of motion in fine motor tasks.},
  author={Ruud G. J. Meulenbroek and Gerard P van Galen and M. Hulstijn and Wouter Hulstijn and Gijs Bloemsaat},
  journal={Biological psychology},
  year={2005},
  volume={68 3},
  pages={331-52}
}
This study focuses on the relationship between movement-time fluctuations in fine motor tasks and changing levels of muscular co-contraction. Based on a recent neuromotor noise theory, we expected that increased task stress would increase muscular co-contraction and prolong movement times. Ten right-handed adults performed a graphic task, which elicited local movement-time prolongations. In half the trials, a distracting sound was presented as an external stressor. Besides pen-tip kinematics… CONTINUE READING
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