Manual Asymmetries in Goal-Directed Movement: Examination of the Motor Output Hypothesis
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Two experiments are reported which examined the viability of motor output hypothesis as an explanation for manual asymmetries in goal-directed movement. Experiment 1 isolated the variability due to force generation by directly assessing precision of force production during an isometric wrist flexion task. Experiment 2 examined the additional role of externally based and internally created timing patterns on the performance of a repetitive force production task. Virtually no effects involving hand were apparent in either experiment. These findings provide no support for a hypothesis based solely on motor output to adequately account for hand differences in the performance of rapid, goal-directed movement.
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