Hand Motor Control: Maturing an Immature Science

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Kelly J. ColeUniversity of Iowa

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In the target article Mark Latash has argued that there is but a single bona-fide theory for hand motor control (referent configuration theory). If this is true, and research is often phenomenological, then we must admit that the science of hand motor control is immature. While describing observations under varying conditions is a crucial (but early) stage of the science of any field, it is also true that the key to maturing any science is to vigorously subject extant theories and budding laws to critical experimentation. If competing theories are absent at the present time is it time for scientists to focus their efforts on maturing the science of hand motor control through critical testing of this long-standing theory (and related collections of knowledge such as the uncontrolled manifold)?

The author is with the Dept. of Health and Human Physiology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.

Address author correspondence to Kelly Cole at kelly-cole@uiowa.edu.
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