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    Dear colleagues,

    A new well-written book is now available.

    Title: Synergy
    Author: Mark L. Latash
    Publisher: Oxford University Press (
    ISBN13: 9780195333169
    ISBN10: 0195333160
    hardback, 432 pages

    Synergy discusses a general problem in biology: the lack of an adequate
    language for formulating biologically specific problems. Written for an
    inquisitive reader who is not necessarily a professional in the area of
    movement studies, Synergy describes the recent progress in the control and
    coordination of human movement.

    The book begins with a brief history of movement studies and reviews the
    current central controversies in the area of control of movements with an
    emphasis on the equilibrium-point hypothesis. An operational definition of
    synergy is introduced and a method of analysis of synergies is described
    based on the uncontrolled manifold hypothesis. This method is further used
    to characterize synergies in a variety of tasks including such common motor
    tasks as standing, pointing, reaching, standing-up, and manipulation of
    hand-held objects. Applications of this method to movements by persons with
    neurological disorders, persons with atypical development and healthy
    elderly persons are illustrated, as well as changes in motor synergies with

    Possible neurophysiological mechanisms of synergies are also discussed with
    the focus on such conspicuous structures as the spinal cord, the
    cerebellum, the basal ganglia, and the cortex of the large hemispheres.

    A variety of models are discussed based on different computational and
    neurophysiological principles. Possible applications of the introduced
    definition of synergies to other areas, such as perception and language,
    are discussed.

    Mark L. Latash, PhD, is Director of the Motor Control Laboratory at Penn
    State University. He served as the Founding Editor of Motor Control
    (1996-2007) and as the first President of the International Society of
    Motor Control (2001-2005). He published over 240 papers in refereed
    journals and several books including Control of Human Movement (1993) and
    Neurophysiological Basis of Movement (1996, 2008). Mark Latash is a Fellow
    in the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education and a
    recipient of the Bernstein Prize (2007).