EFFECTS OF CONTACT SURFACE PROPERTIES ON MULTI-FINGER FORCE PRODUCTION TASKS IN HUMANS
Keywords: cutaneous feedback, multi-finger synergy, contact surface property
AbstractThe purpose of the current study was to investigate the effect of contact surface properties, which presumably determine the level of stimulation on the cutaneous receptors, on multifinger force production and synergic actions of finger forces. The framework of the uncontrolled manifold (UCM) hypothesis was used to quantify indices of multi-finger synergies stabilizing total force in normal and tangent directions as well as the direction of resultant force (i.e., force angle) during steady-state force production. There was significant effect of contact surface on the magnitude of maximal voluntary contraction force. Also, there was a significant effect of the contact surface on the indices of force-direction (i.e., force angle) stabilizing synergies meaning that the stimulation on the cutaneous receptors could be an effective way to enhance the abili to organize the direction of finger forces.
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