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CARELLO, C; SILVA, PL; KINSELLA-SHAW, JM  e  TURVEY, MT. Muscle-based perception: theory, research and implications for rehabilitation. Rev. bras. fisioter. [online]. 2008, vol.12, n.5, pp.339-350. ISSN 1413-3555.

BACKGROUND: Muscle-based perception of the spatial properties of limbs constrains the patterning, timing and magnitude of muscle forces while performing motor activities. The centrality of muscle-based perception to both ordinary and skilled actions warrants attention from the rehabilitation community, since deficits in its functioning would be related to important functional limitations. In this overview, we summarize a body of research that may be used to guide the development of effective assessment tools and rehabilitation programs that are specifically directed towards such deficits. OBJECTIVES: There were four specific aims: first, to present an information-based approach to muscle-based perception that is grounded in physical laws; second to identify central principles underlying muscle-based perception that have been revealed and supported by empirical work; third, to summarize reports that have investigated whether the principles identified can be generalized to muscle-based perception in individuals with sensory-motor impairments; and fourth to provide a preliminary discussion of the potential implications of the research presented here for issues relating to rehabilitation.

Palavras-chave : perception; ecological psychology; stroke, neuropathy.

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