Motor Control Strategies

Project: Funded by Internal Resources

Project participants

  • Timo Klein-Soetebier (Project Staff)
  • Christoph Schütz (Principal Investigator)
  • Thomas Schack (Principal Investigator)
  • Matthias Weigelt (Principal Investigator)
  • Dennis Odekerken (Project Staff)
  • Kathrin Wunsch (Principal Investigator)Universität Freiburg

Research Objective

Previous studies on sequential effects of human grasping behavior were restricted to binary grasp type selection. We asked whether two established motor control strategies, the end-state comfort effect and the hysteresis effect, would hold for sequential motor tasks with continuous solutions.


To this end, participants were tested in a sequential (predictable) and a randomized (nonpredictable) perceptual- motor task, which offered a continuous range of posture solutions for each movement trial. Both the end-state comfort effect and the hysteresis effect were reproduced under predictable, continuous conditions, but only the end-state comfort effect was present under nonpredictable conditions.

Key Findings

Experimental results further revealed a work range restriction effect, which was reproduced for the dominant and the nondominant hand.
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