Ability to discriminate movements at multiple joints around the body: Global or site-specific

Jia Han, Roger Adams, Gordon WADDINGTON, Judith Anson

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This study tested whether proprioceptive discrimination of movement is a global, general ability, or an attribute that is specific to the joint tested. 40 right-handed, healthy, young adults (19 men, 21 women; M age = 20.4 yr., SD = 1.7) volunteered. A battery of versions of the Active Movement Extent Discrimination Apparatus (AMEDA) were employed to generate the stimuli for movements of different extents at the ankle, knee, spine, shoulder, and finger; discrimination accuracy scores were derived from participants' responses. No significant correlations were found between the discrimination scores from the five sites (all rs <= .21, all ps >= .20). This finding extends a previous report of non-significantly correlated proprioception test scores at two lower limb sites, and the findings taken together suggest that rather than proprioception being a global, general ability, sensitivity to the proprioception that underlies movement control is site-specific
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-68
Number of pages10
JournalPerceptual and Motor Skills
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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