Simulated motion negatively affects motor task but not neuromuscular performance

Gregory E.P. Pearcey, Scott N. MacKinnon, Duane C. Button
2015 Ergonomics  
The objectives of this thesis were 1) to describe how motor task and neuromuscular performance is affected by various types of environmental perturbations and 2) to examine the effects of simulated motion on motor task and neuromuscular performance, conduct an experiment to examine the effects of one hour of simulated ship motion on motor task and neuromuscular performance. Sixteen males participated in two one-hour experimental testing conditions; 1) motion and 2) control. Motor task
more » ... e was measured through a simple reaction time and computerized visuomotor accuracy tracking task, while neuromuscular performance was measured through maximal voluntary contractions, voluntary activation, evoked muscle contractile properties and biceps brachii electromyography of the elbow flexors. Results indicated that motor task but not neuromuscular performance was affected by simulated motion due to ongoing sensorimotor adaptation that results in an overload of cognitive resources. iii Dedication I would like to dedicate this thesis to my deceased mother, Kerry Lorraine (Butt) Pearcey. Her unconditional love and kindness has molded me to become the person I am today. iv
doi:10.1080/00140139.2015.1026405 pmid:25811424 fatcat:bqjptim7wbgklnhgs6n2tysuia