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The kinematic theory and minimum principles in motor control : a conceptual comparison

Moussa Djioua and Réjean Plamondon

Technical Report (2008)

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This paper presents a comparative study of two motor control theories that have put forward mathematical expressions to describe the stereotypical velocity profiles of rapid movements: the Kinematic Theory and the Minimization Theory. Among the various forms of the latter, the Minimum Square- Derivatives (MSD) principle and the Minimum-Time model are analyzed. It is shown that their concepts are linked and describe, with different arguments, a paradigm similar to the one used in the Kinematic Theory to model a velocity profile with a Delta-Lognormal equation. This unifying paradigm represents the functioning of a neuromuscular system by the convolution product of an infinite number of subsystem impulse responses. A second finding emerging from the present study is that the analytical models of velocity profiles, as described by the minimum principles under study correspond, with more or less accuracy, to an approximation of the Delta-Lognormal equation. Overall, the Kinematic Theory can be seen as relying on a general optimization principle and the use of the Minimization Theory in motor control gets new insights.

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Delta-Lognormal model, Kinematic Theory, Minimum-Jerk, Minimum Principles, Minimum-Time, Motor Control.

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Subjects: 2500 Génie électrique et électronique > 2500 Génie électrique et électronique
Department: Département de génie électrique
Research Center: Non applicable
Grant number: RGPIN-915
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2018 16:30
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2018 16:13
PolyPublie URL: https://publications.polymtl.ca/3164/
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Report number: EPM-RT-2008-03


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