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Kin 460 - Motor Control

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Sensorimotor Adaptation KIN 460 Motor Control Lab Lab 9 Lab 9 Motor learning with prism adaptation Sensorimotor adaptation INTRODUCTION We have a constant stream of information from different sensory modalities to the brain that allow us to correct our movements Following a movement we can use this information to improve our performance of the next movement For example when throwing a dart you can make corrections to the configuration of your hand elbow and shoulder of your next throw based on the error of your last throw This type of trial and error motor learning is important for appropriate corrections to your posture and gait for example when you face an unusual environment such as walking on ice PURPOSE To study trial and error motor learning to a visual perturbation in a throwing task DATA COLLECTION Objective To hit the center of the grid with the ball Record area on grid that each throw hits for all 60 trials A1 D4 etc Conditions BASELINE 20 trials without prism glasses on PRISM 20 trials with prism glasses on okay to wear over regular glasses contacts AFTER 20 trials without prism glasses on Students are broken into groups of 4 5 The scribe writes down test results read by catcher The pitcher The catcher catches the ball when it bounces back and reads the square hit by the pitcher Each student will participate in each task role Each group will use the data from all of their subjects Get a minimum of five subjects worth of data Feel free to steal from other groups Calculate an error score for each throw as the horizontal distance from your throw to the center error scores are positive for throws to the right of center negative for throws to the left Each box is approximately 10 centimeters wide Record your data in increments of 5 centimeters best estimate Record your data into a single column in excel with the column header as Sub1 Sub2 and Sub3 etc and a space single cell shifting the row down between the conditions This way your data from all three



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