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Human Hand Function

Lynette A. Jones and Susan J. Lederman


This book reviews the sensory and motor aspects of normal hand function from both neurophysiological and behavioral perspectives. Hand function is presented as a continuum ranging from activities that are essentially sensory in nature to those that have a strong motor component. Four functional categories are delineated along this sensorimotor continuum: tactile sensing, active haptic sensing, prehension, and non-prehensile skilled movements. The continuum is used as a conceptual framework for analyzing and synthesizing a broad range of studies that pertain to normal human hand function. The b ... More

Keywords: evolutionary development, neurophysiology, tactile sensing, active haptic sensing, prehension, non-prehensile skilled movements, end effector constraints, development, applications

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195173154
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173154.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lynette A. Jones, author
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Susan J. Lederman, author
Queen's University