Gray, W. D., Rosenbaum, D. A., Martin, B. J., Byrne, M. D., John, B. E., & Raschke, U. (2008). Models of motor control and performance. In W. D. Gray (Ed.), Invited Symposium Presented at the 52nd annual meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. New York: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.
Models of motor control and performance
Modern models of motor control and performance provide significant advances over the tried and true Fitts’ Law on which Human Factors professionals still depend. However, the topic of motor control and performance is complex and the issues surrounding almost every aspect of the topic at times seem confusing or confused. To cut through this confusion, this symposium has assembled five researchers who represent different constituencies in the development and use of motor models. An overview will be provided of cognitive models of motor control as well as biomechanical and neural models. Unfortunately, the most modern models of motor movement have not been integrated into cognitive architectures such as ACT-R and EPIC. The Symposium will include a discussion of the obstacles to and advantages of such integration. Complex models may thrill the heart of the specialist with the subtleties that they embody, but may be difficult for the practitioner to use. An important question that will be posed and discussed is how simple can motor modeling be and still be useful?
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