Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences, Vol. 14, Iss. 4, October, 2010, pp. 435-462
@2010 Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology & Life Sciences

 
 
 

New Directions Offered by the Dynamical Systems Approach to Bimanual Coordination for Therapeutic Intervention and Research in Stroke

Rita Sleimen-Malkoun, Universite de la Mediterranee et CNRS, Marseille, France
Jean Jacques Temprado, Universite de la Mediterranee et CNRS, Marseille, France
Viktor K. Jirsa, Universite de la Mediterranee et CNRS, Marseille, France
Eric Berton, Universite de la Mediterranee et CNRS, Marseille, France

Abstract: In the present paper, we review the main concepts of the dynamical systems approach to bimanual coordination and propose applications to therapeutic intervention for functional recovery of coordinated movements in stroke. Further, we describe the behavioral alterations of discrete bimanual coordination resulting from cerebral vascular accident (CVA) lesions and speculate on the possibility of mimicking the mechanisms of CVA lesions via symmetry breaking in dynamic systems.

Keywords: stroke, rehabilitation, upper-limb, bilateral arm training, coupling, dynamical systems