Exploring interlimb constraints during bimanual graphic performance: Effects of muscle grouping and direction

Stephan P. Swinnen, Kris Jardin, Sabine Verschueren, Ruud Meulenbroek, Liz Franz, Natalia Dounskaia, C. B. Walter

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Abstract

Past studies on bimanual coordination have revealed a general preference to move the limbs in a symmetrical fashion, also denoted as the in-phase mode. Its counterpart, the asymmetrical or anti-phase mode, is performed with lower degrees of accuracy and stability. This ubiquitous tendency to activate the homologous muscle groups is referred to as the muscle grouping constraint (egocentric constraint). The present study confirmed the generalizability of this constraint across various coordination patterns, performed in the horizontal plane. In addition, evidence was generated that movement direction in extrinsic space also constrains bimanual coordination (allocentric constraint). Overall, the present observations suggest that direction is an important movement parameter that is encoded in the central nervous system and that is subject to interactions between the neural specifications of both limbs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-87
Number of pages9
JournalBehavioural Brain Research
Volume90
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1998
Externally publishedYes

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Extremities
Muscles
Central Nervous System
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Keywords

  • Bimanual coordination
  • Directional coding
  • Drawing
  • Hemisphere lateralization
  • Interlimb constraints
  • Spatial parameters

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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Exploring interlimb constraints during bimanual graphic performance : Effects of muscle grouping and direction. / Swinnen, Stephan P.; Jardin, Kris; Verschueren, Sabine; Meulenbroek, Ruud; Franz, Liz; Dounskaia, Natalia; Walter, C. B.

In: Behavioural Brain Research, Vol. 90, No. 1, 01.1998, p. 79-87.

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Swinnen, Stephan P. ; Jardin, Kris ; Verschueren, Sabine ; Meulenbroek, Ruud ; Franz, Liz ; Dounskaia, Natalia ; Walter, C. B. / Exploring interlimb constraints during bimanual graphic performance : Effects of muscle grouping and direction. In: Behavioural Brain Research. 1998 ; Vol. 90, No. 1. pp. 79-87.
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