Adiabatic invariants drive rhythmic human motion in variable gravity [article]

Nicolas Boulanger, Fabien Buisseret, Victor Dehouck, Frederic Dierick, Olivier White
2019 bioRxiv   pre-print
Natural human movements are stereotyped. They minimise cost functions that include energy, a natural candidate from mechanical and physiological points of view. In time-changing environments, however, motor strategies are modified since energy is no longer conserved. Adiabatic invariants are relevant observables in such cases, although they have not been investigated in human motor control so far. We fill this gap and show that the theory of adiabatic invariants explains how humans move when gravity varies.
doi:10.1101/674143 fatcat:qomm2o7b4vbgdl7qnusqzzlaby