Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Movement planning and movement execution: What is in between?

N. Dounskaia a1 and G. E. Stelmach a1
a1 Motor Control Laboratory, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 85287 [email protected] [email protected]


Although the model proposed by Thelen and co-authors provides a detailed explanation for the processes underlying reaching, many aspects of it are highly speculative. One of the reasons for this is our lack of knowledge about transformation of a hand movement plan into joint movements. The leading joint hypothesis (LJH) allows us to partially fill in this gap. The LJH offers a possible explanation for the formation of movement and how it may be represented in memory. Our explanation converges with the dynamic model described in the target article.