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Motor training decreases finger tremor and movement response time in a visuomotor tracking task.

Motor training decreases finger tremor and movement response time in a visuomotor tracking task. The authors sought to determine whether repeated practice of a skilled motor task reduced the tremor arising from pulsatile control that occurs during and after training. Participants flexed and extended their index finger at the metacarpophalangeal joint to track a screen cursor during skill training, in 6 training runs, each of 3-min duration. Nonskill training comprised voluntary flexion and extension movements. The authors measured performance by the average tracking error in a standard 10-s target pattern embedded in the training runs. Cross-correlation of the motor performance and the target pattern revealed that the improved ability to match the shape of the target pattern accounted for 63% of the improved motor performance and that the decreased time to respond to changes in the target line accounted for 10% of the improvement. Skill, but not nonskill training, reduced tremor after 3 min of training during the training movements and during movements 10 and 25 min afterwards. The authors observed no changes in resting tremor after either training protocol. Although training reduced the tremor, this reduction in itself did not significantly improve tracking performance. The authors conclude that visuomotor skill training produces a general reduction in finger tremor (pulsatile control) during voluntary movements that extends beyond the period of training. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of motor behavior Pubmed

Motor training decreases finger tremor and movement response time in a visuomotor tracking task.

Journal of motor behavior , Volume 41 (1): 10 – Feb 4, 2009

Motor training decreases finger tremor and movement response time in a visuomotor tracking task.


Abstract

The authors sought to determine whether repeated practice of a skilled motor task reduced the tremor arising from pulsatile control that occurs during and after training. Participants flexed and extended their index finger at the metacarpophalangeal joint to track a screen cursor during skill training, in 6 training runs, each of 3-min duration. Nonskill training comprised voluntary flexion and extension movements. The authors measured performance by the average tracking error in a standard 10-s target pattern embedded in the training runs. Cross-correlation of the motor performance and the target pattern revealed that the improved ability to match the shape of the target pattern accounted for 63% of the improved motor performance and that the decreased time to respond to changes in the target line accounted for 10% of the improvement. Skill, but not nonskill training, reduced tremor after 3 min of training during the training movements and during movements 10 and 25 min afterwards. The authors observed no changes in resting tremor after either training protocol. Although training reduced the tremor, this reduction in itself did not significantly improve tracking performance. The authors conclude that visuomotor skill training produces a general reduction in finger tremor (pulsatile control) during voluntary movements that extends beyond the period of training.

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ISSN
0022-2895
DOI
10.1080/00222895.2009.10125924
pmid
19073471

Abstract

The authors sought to determine whether repeated practice of a skilled motor task reduced the tremor arising from pulsatile control that occurs during and after training. Participants flexed and extended their index finger at the metacarpophalangeal joint to track a screen cursor during skill training, in 6 training runs, each of 3-min duration. Nonskill training comprised voluntary flexion and extension movements. The authors measured performance by the average tracking error in a standard 10-s target pattern embedded in the training runs. Cross-correlation of the motor performance and the target pattern revealed that the improved ability to match the shape of the target pattern accounted for 63% of the improved motor performance and that the decreased time to respond to changes in the target line accounted for 10% of the improvement. Skill, but not nonskill training, reduced tremor after 3 min of training during the training movements and during movements 10 and 25 min afterwards. The authors observed no changes in resting tremor after either training protocol. Although training reduced the tremor, this reduction in itself did not significantly improve tracking performance. The authors conclude that visuomotor skill training produces a general reduction in finger tremor (pulsatile control) during voluntary movements that extends beyond the period of training.

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Journal of motor behaviorPubmed

Published: Feb 4, 2009

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