The authors examined the learning function of a multiple biomechanical degrees of freedom coordination task. Four adult participants practiced the pedalo locomotion task for 350 trials over 7 days. On the basis of the Cauchy theorem, the authors applied a movement pattern difference score that provides a measure of convergence to a fixed point as the criterion for quantifying learning. The findings showed a significant reduction of the movement pattern difference score over practice. Neither an exponential (0.11) nor a power law (0.10) function accommodated a large percentage of the variance of the pattern difference measure on individual learning functions, but the respective fits were higher, although not different, for movement time (.57, .55). Principal components analysis showed a decrease of components over practice; the analysis also showed that 3-5 components were required to accommodate 90% of the variance of the whole-body motion at the end of the final practice session. Those findings on the learning functions for movement and outcome scores are discussed in relation to the redundancy of the biomechanical system in moving to a dynamical stable fixed point in this task.
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