Kinesiology 1080A/B Study Guide - Midterm Guide: Electrodermal Activity, Interstimulus Interval, Pattern Recognition

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Kin 1088 Test #2
Topic #3- The Scientific Method
Goals of science: understand, describe, explain, predict
Empiricism: verification by observation
o Proposals are subjected to a test
o Perform an experiment and obtain data
hMT: selectively active when processing information
o Juggling experiment: the group who practiced had an increase in density of hMT. After
they stopped practice for only 2 weeks, the density shrunk back to baseline,
exemplifying neuronal plasticity
Science: a process of gathering knowledge about the world
Experiment: tool of determining nature of relationship between variables, will confirm or
disconfirm hypothesis
o Independent variable: manipulated by experimenter
o Dependent: what is measured, change is assumed to be the result of the independent
Topic #4- Classifying and Identifying Motor Skills
Motor skills can be classified using three schemes:
1. Task organization
a. Discrete skill: a skill that is organized such that the action is usually brief and has a
well-defined beginning/end
b. Serial skill: a type of skill characterized by serial discrete actions connected in a
sequence, the order of the action is critical to performance success
c. Continuous skill: a skill that unfolds without a recognizable beginning or end, in an
ongoing and often repetitive fashion
* Note: no skill is completely discrete or continuous; everything should be
placed on a continuum
2. Motor and cognitive elements
a. Motor skill: primary determinant of movement success is the quality of movement
b. Cognitive skill: primary determinant of success is the quality of the performer’s
*During skill learning we generally progress from cognitive to motor, most
operate on a continuum
3. Level of environmental predictability (most used)
a. Open skill: skill performed in an unpredictable or motion environment, requiring
individuals to adopt their movement in response to the dynamic properties of the
b. Closed skill: skill performed in an environment that is predictable or stationary and
that allows to plan movement in advance
Topic #5- Measurement, Interpretation and Evaluation of Motor Skill Performance
Measuring motor behaviour:
o Performance outcome
a. Measures of time and speed: performer who can accomplish an action in a
given time is more efficient
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i. Reaction Time: RT the interval between the onset of a signal
(stimulus) and the initiation of a response, SRT, CRT, DRT
Premotor RT: period of time between onset of stimulus and
beginning of muscle activity, measured with EMG
Motor RT: period of time between onset of muscle activity and
observable movement, time lag in muscle needed to overcome
inertia of limb
*Fractionation of reaction time: stimulus premotor time motor time movement begins.
Physiatrists are internal medicine specialists in rehabilitation, and use this technique to assess
persons with a chronic illness such as Alzheimer’s
ii. Movement Time: MT, the interval between the initiation of a
response, and completion of the response
iii. Total Response Time: TRT, RT+MT
o Describing the movement
a. Qualitative description: verbal descriptions, time-lapse photography
b. Movement kinematics
i. Displacement: spatial position of effector during movement
ii. Velocity: rate of change of an object position with time
iii. Acceleration: change in velocity of an object during movement
*Kinematics of a reaching movement: with velocity, all shape stays constant. All skilled
movement is bell-shaped, while jerky movement will not be bell-shaped. An asymmetrical
velocity profile shows that there is damage in the nervous system
o Measuring activity of the CNS
a. Electromyography: electrical activity associates with muscle contraction,
provides information regarding the temporal and intensity characteristics of
the movement
i. Tonic Activation: what EMG looks like if you electrically stimulate
the muscle all the extrafusal muscle fibres contract at the
same time
ii. Phasic Activation: what EMG looks like for voluntary contraction
allows extrafusal muscle fibres to contract at different times
(lets muscles fire in a smooth sequence)
b. Measures of brain activity: provide measures of when and what brain
regions activate during movement
i. Electroencephalography (EEG) and Magnetoencephalography
(MEG): provide good temporal resolution for how the brain is
reacting to movement, but doesn’t provide good spatial
resolution (don’t know which parts are active)
ii. Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and functional Magnetic
Resonance Imaging (fMRI): good spatial resolution, but poor
temporal resolution. For this technique, inject patients with a
radioactive substance, which attaches to the blood
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: Fadiya et al (1998) TMS is corticospinal activity with high
temporal sensitivity
o Excitation/inhibition in the corticospinal tract on the moment of stimulation
o Had people imagine they were doing a flexing/extension task
o Tonic activation of muscle in the forearm: individual though about the movement, then
this disrupted
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