The principle of superposition in human prehension

Vladimir M. Zatsiorsky, Mark L. Latash, Fan Gao, Jae Kun Shim

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The experimental evidence supports the validity of the principle of superposition for multi-finger prehension in humans. Forces and moments of individual digits are defined by two independent commands: "Grasp the object stronger/weaker to prevent slipping" and "Maintain the rotational equilibrium of the object". The effects of the two commands are summed up.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-234
Number of pages4
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2004


  • Human prehension
  • Robotics
  • Superposition principle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Mathematics(all)
  • Computer Science Applications

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    Zatsiorsky, V. M., Latash, M. L., Gao, F., & Shim, J. K. (2004). The principle of superposition in human prehension. Robotica, 22(2), 231-234.