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Motor Control of Wrist and Forearm Movements

We have an ongoing interest in how humans control their wrist and forearm movements. More specifically, we have recently or are currently investigating the following questions:

  • What dominates the dynamics of wrist and forearm movements? Inertia, damping, or stiffness? Main effects or interaction torques?
  • How do joint stiffness and damping change with demographic factors (age, gender, height, weight, etc.)?
  • Why are wrist and forearm movements less smooth than reaching movements?
  • Are some postures, directions, or pathways preferred during activities of daily living?
  • How do we control the wrist and forearm when there are many possibilities (such as redundancies in posture or path)?
  • How do orthotics alter the impedance (and consequently behavior) of the wrist and forearm?

For more detail, please refer to our publication.