Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2011

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

First Advisor

Richard T. Stone

Abstract

This research studied the usefulness and effectiveness of providing movement guidance and haptic feedback in enhancing kinesthetic memory development. Participants were trained to perform horizontal welding in two different settings: free-hand (traditional group) or under such guidance (machine group). Their welding performance, as well as kinesthetic memory were evaluated. As for kinesthetic memory, since it is related to movement and posture, three parameters were measured: moving speed, muscle activity, and elbow angle. Machine group significantly outperformed traditional group in performance, and also showed significant better control of moving speed than the traditional group. However, muscle activity pattern and elbow angle didn't differ significantly between two groups.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/etd-180810-316

Copyright Owner

Peihan Zhong

Language

en

Date Available

2012-04-28

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

33 pages

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