Table of Contents
About the Author
Chapter 1. Systems Thinking as a Method of Knowledge Ordering in Motor Control
Chapter 2. Structural Basis of Human Thinking: Bernstein’s Brain Skyscraper
Chapter 3. Functional Basis of Human Thinking: The Modalities’ Ladder
Chapter 4. Motor Operation Pattern: The Information Processing Chain
Chapter 5. Movements’ Management Matrix
Chapter 6. Motor Skills Learning: Down and Up the Modalities’ Ladder
Chapter 7. Motor Operation Control in Humans
Chapter 8. Motor Control and Learning: The Intellectual “Final Common Path”
Chapter 9. Motor Control – Past, Present and Future
“The book covers many aspects of science including philosophy, psychology, and physiology with the focus on the neural control of human movements. I believe that students who enter the field of movement studies will appreciate the breadth of the topics covered in the book and, in particular, the pages dedicated to history of science. More advanced researchers will probably be more interested in unexpected links among ideas from different areas and piercing one-liners that are hard to forget. To me, this book is also a brilliant example of the fact that thinking in science can be very productive even with minimal empirical support, much more valuable than tons of data collected without thinking.” – <strong>Mark Latash, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Kinesiology, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA</strong>
“Wac³aw Petryñski’s book is an important historical/philosophical/psychological treatment of the field of motor control and learning. It pulls together a diverse literature via a systems approach, and connects many heretofore areas that previously existed in their own vacuums. It is not an easy read, but a necessary one for the student of motor control who wishes to gain a larger conceptual understanding of the field.” – <strong>Timothy Lee, Professor Emeritus, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada</strong>
“The body movement is considered in the context of factors appearing in the course of the evolution of species, beginning with factors of somatic nature (rooted in neurophysiology) and finishing with those of mental provenance, concurrent with the growth of individual awareness. Petryñski’s point of departure is Nikolai Aleksandrovich Bernstein’s five-level structure of the motor control, as expressed in the latter’s concept of the kinematic degrees of freedom. It is upon this concept that Petryñski builds his idea of ‘systemic ordering,’ for the purpose of which he adopts the scale of the movement as the central framework of reference.” – <strong>Prof. Dr. Eng. Janusz M. Morawski, honorary member of the Polish Society of Biomechanics</strong>
Audience: 1. Motor control specialists.
4. Sport scientists.
6. Science philosophers.
7. Sport and recreational coaches and instructors.
However, recently I was invited by professional vocalists and singing teachers to make a lecture about motor control. They maintained that this knowledge is useful for them.