The hand is a remarkable organ which is characteristic of primates and most highly developed in man. This book deals with the evolution and development of hand function, with the structure of the hand and with the hand as a perceptual system. Neurophysiology and psychology of hand function are included, as are problems of disability. With expert interdisciplinary contributions from around the world, this wide-ranging overview is sure to be of value to all those interested in hand function, development, pathology and therapy.
Clinics in Developmental Medicine No. 147
1. THE STRUCTURE OF THE HAND Robert E. Page
2. THE HAND AS A PERCEPTUAL SYSTEM Roberta L. Klatzky
3. THE CONTROL OF HUMAN PREHENSION Patrick Haggard
4. MANUAL DEXTERITY Lynette Jones
5. THE STABILITY OF HANDEDNESS Marian Annett
6. HOW NON-HUMAN PRIMATES USE THEIR HANDS Dorothy Fragaszy
7. THE NEUROPHYSIOLOGY OF MANUAL SKILL DEVELOPMENT Hans Forssberg
8. CHANGES IN GRASPING SKILLS AND THE EMERGENCE OF BIMANULA COORDINATION DURING THE FIRST YEAR OF LIFE Jacqueline Fagard
9. EXPLORING AND EXPLOITING OBJECTS WITH THE HANDS DURING INFANCY Emily W. Bushnell and J. Paul Boudreau
10. BODY SCALE AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF HAND FORM AND FUNCTION IN PREHENSION Karl M. Newell and Paola Cesari
11. THE DEVELOPMENT OF MANUAL DEXERITY IN YOUNG CHILDREN Edison de J. Manoel and Kevin J. Connolly
12. DEVOPMENTAL DISORDERS AND THE USE OF GRIP FORCE TO COMPENSATE FOR INERTIAL FORCES DURING VOLUNTARY MOVEMENT Elisabeth L. Hill and Alan M. Wing
13. ASSESSING MANUAL CONTROL IN CHILDREN WITH COORDINATION DIFFICULTIES John P. Wann, Mark Mon-Williams and Richard G. Carson
14. MANUAL SKILLS IN CHILDREN WITH LEARNING DIFFICULTIES David Sugden
15. NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS AND ABNORMAL HAND FUNCTION Mary O’Regan and J. Keith Brown
'I believe this book would be of interest to, among others, occupational and physiotherapists, paediatricians and developmental psychologists.'
Anna Barnett, The Handwriting Interest Group
'The book deals with the anatomy, physiology, and neurology that underlie manual skills. I was especially fascinated by the phylogeny and plasticity of cortical motor control.'
British Medical Journal
'As Kevin Connolly points out in his introduction to this excellent book, the hands are central to human psychology, continually switching between executive, exploratory and expressive actions. This book contains a wealth of information about the hands relevant to developmentalists and to clinicians.'
Journal Development Psychiatry
'This is one of the few books that synthesize progress in our understanding of the physiological and behavioral principles underlying manipulations of the hand.'
The New England Journal of Medicine