Movement and Numbers: The Mathematics Behind Motor Actions

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The scope of this mini review is to show as neuromotor control often applies mathematical principles and properties improving efficiency of movements. We reported four examples: harmony of human walking is based on the fractal property of self-similarity because based on the golden ratio, anatomy of human hand follows Fibonacci’s sequence for optimizing grasping, the 2/3 power-law at which curvilinear movements obey, and the possibility of brain to predict the movement of falling objects applying an implicit knowledge of the Newton’s gravitational law.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiosystems and Biorobotics
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2019

Publication series

NameBiosystems and Biorobotics
ISSN (Print)2195-3562
ISSN (Electronic)2195-3570


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence

Cite this

Iosa, M., De Bartolo, D., Antonucci, G., & Paolucci, S. (2019). Movement and Numbers: The Mathematics Behind Motor Actions. In Biosystems and Biorobotics (pp. 591-595). (Biosystems and Biorobotics; Vol. 21). Springer International Publishing.