Upper limb coordination during sequential bimanual tasks
Sequential bimanual movements are used to perform goal oriented functions frequently in everyday life. Research examining control of both upper limbs has focused almost exclusively on movements made simultaneously. However, little is known about the motor system and how it controls sequential bimanual movements. This information is critical in understanding how inter-limb coordination changes with age or in movement disorder conditions, such as hemiplegic stroke and cerebral palsy. This study examines the production of sequential bimanual tasks in a young and older, healthy population of individuals. The results of this preliminary study will contribute to disability research rehabilitation programs that focus on bimanual limb training in order to maximize function with activities of daily living.