Moving from stroke to development : a deconstruction of skilled reaching in humans

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Foroud, Afra
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Neuroscience, c2008
The purpose of this thesis is to describe the organization of the movements of skilled reaching. Our knowledge of reaching behaviour has been limited to an understanding of specific actions. Results from this thesis describe how reaching is the product of interactions of various parameters that assemble in an integrative way in ontogeny, yet can become dismantled on one level, or generally, throughout multiple levels of what constitutes the behaviour after stroke in adults. These findings demonstrate that skilled reaching constitutes motor parameters that may not be visible in a healthy adult, but that function through development, and by inhibitory systems in adults, to create a smooth and finely articulated action. An examination of the movement patterns of reaching within the full context of the behaviour can be applied to therapeutic strategies for motor disorders and, most importantly, deepen our understanding of the relations between reaching and cognition.
xiii, 254 leaves : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Cerebrovascular disease , Cerebrovascular disease -- Research , Cerebrovascular disease -- Treatment , Motor ability -- Research , Dissertations, Academic