Whole body pointing movements in transient microgravity: preliminary results

J Gravit Physiol. 2004 Jul;11(2):P39-40.


The aim of the present study is a better comprehension of strategies of motor coordination during complex movements. In this field of research microgravity represent a unique experimental condition for the investigation of the role of equilibrium control in movement planning. Namely, here we focus on two important issues: the centre of mass control and the endpoint trajectory. Preliminary results of the center of mass position and the finger path curvature during pointing movements performed under normal and transient microgravity conditions are presented.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Physiological / physiology
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Electromyography
  • Humans
  • Movement / physiology*
  • Postural Balance / physiology
  • Posture / physiology*
  • Psychomotor Performance / physiology
  • Space Flight*
  • Weightlessness*