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Dexterity and Its Development : Resources for Ecological Psychology - Nicholai A. Bernstein

Dexterity and Its Development

Resources for Ecological Psychology

Hardcover Published: 1st March 1996
ISBN: 9780805816464
Number Of Pages: 470

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This is a very unusual book. It brings to the English speaking reader a masterpiece written some 50 years ago by one of the greatest minds of the 20th century--Nicholai Aleksandrovich Bernstein--considered the founder of many contemporary fields of science such as biomechanics, motor control, and physiology of activity. Divided into two parts, this volume's first section is a translation of the Russian book On Dexterity and Its Development. It presents, in a very reader-friendly style, Bernstein's major ideas related to the development and control of voluntary movements in general, and to the notion of dexterity, in particular. Although very few scientific works remain interesting to the reader 50 years after they were written, this volume--now available for the first time in English--is a rare exception to this rule. His ideas are certainly not obsolete. Actually, we are just starting to grasp the depth and breadth of his thinking, especially his analysis of the complex notion of dexterity. The second section provides both a historical and a contemporary perspective on Bernstein's ideas.

The original work was directed at a wide audience ranging from specialists in biomechanics and motor behavior, to coaches, neurologists, physical therapists, athletes, and even inquisitive college and high school students. The chapters contributed by contemporary scientists mirror Bernstein's style and present new findings in the areas of biomechanics, motor control, and motor development in a way that would be both understandable to non-specialists in these areas, and informative for professionals working in different areas related to human movement. All those interested in the origins and mechanisms of the production of voluntary movements, irrespective of their educational and professional background, will find this book valuable. In addition, the unique history and composition of this text will make it helpful and attractive to historians and philosophers of science.

On Dexterity and Its Development
What Is Dexterity?p. 9
On Motor Controlp. 25
On the Origin of Movementsp. 45
On the Construction of Movementsp. 97
Levels of Construction of Movementsp. 115
On Exercise and Motor Skillp. 171
Dexterity and Its Featuresp. 207
From the Authorp. 237
N. A. Bernstein: The Reformer of Neurosciencep. 247
The Bernstein Problem: How Does the Central Nervous System Make Its Choices?p. 277
On the Biomechanical Basis of Dexterityp. 305
Dynamics of Bernstein's Level of Synergiesp. 339
Dexterity in Cascade Jugglingp. 377
Change in Movement and Skill: Learning, Retention, and Transferp. 393
The Primacy of Action in Developmentp. 431
Author Indexp. 453
Subject Indexp. 457
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780805816464
ISBN-10: 0805816461
Series: Resources for Ecological Psychology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 470
Published: 1st March 1996
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.27 x 16.0  x 3.05
Weight (kg): 0.75
Edition Number: 1

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