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Human Hand Function$
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Lynette A. Jones and Susan J. Lederman

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195173154

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173154.001.0001

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Hand Function Across the Lifespan

Hand Function Across the Lifespan

(p.150) 9 Hand Function Across the Lifespan
Human Hand Function

Lynette A. Jones

Susan J. Lederman

Oxford University Press

The changes in hand function from infancy to old age are the subject of this chapter. As a child grows and the central nervous system matures, there are physical changes in the hands and in the activities that they can perform. These developmental changes are reviewed across the entire lifespan in the context of each of the four categories of the sensorimotor continuum. The physiological and cognitive changes that could possibly account for the decline in some aspects of hand function with advancing age are discussed. In addition, factors that contribute to the preservation of some manual skills are considered.

Keywords:   maturation, development, elderly, children, infant, experts

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