Change of desired trajectory caused by training in a novel motor task Conference Paper uri icon


  • When the human motor system adapts to novel dynamics of the arm during reaching, hand trajectories tends to converge toward a roughly straight line. This straight line is thought to be the desired trajectory of the system. Trial-to-trial changes in performance are well described by a first order state-space model: errors in a given trial affect performance on the subsequent trial as a function of the distance in state space between the two trials. This function describes the generalization patterns that govern adaptation. Whereas the desired trajectory and the generalization function have been quantified for short-term adaptation, little is known about their behavior with long-term training. We report that when subjects are trained to reach in novel force fields over multiple days, the state-space model suggests that the desired trajectory undergoes systematic changes. In a constant field, the desired …

publication date

  • January 1, 2004