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The Role of Tactile Information in Transfer of Learned Manipulation Following Changes in Degrees of Freedom

Abstract Humans are capable of transferring learning for anticipatory control of dexterous object manipulation despite changes in degrees-of-freedom (DoF), i.e., switching from lifting an object with two fingers to lifting the same object with three fingers. However, the role that tactile information plays in this transfer of learning is unknown. In this study, subjects lifted an L-shaped object with two fingers (2-DoF), and then lifted the object with three fingers (3-DoF). The subjects were divided into two groups--one group performed the task wearing a glove (to reduce tactile sensibility) upon the switch to 3-DoF (glove group), while the other group did not wear the glove (control group). Compensatory moment (torque) was used as a measure to det... (more)
Created Date 2014
Contributor Gaw, Nathan Benjamin (Author) / Helms Tillery, Stephen (Advisor) / Santello, Marco (Committee member) / Kleim, Jeffrey (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Neurosciences / Engineering / cognitive neuroscience / context / degrees of freedom / dexterous manipulation / neuroscience / tactile
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 47 pages
Language English
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Note M.S. Bioengineering 2014
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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