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Human Locomotion

  1. Volker Dietz

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0422

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Dietz, V. 2010. Human Locomotion. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. University Hospital Balgrit, Zurich, Switzerland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


In the eighteenth century, the investigation of movement was based on the premise that upright stance and gait, as well as differentiation of hand movements, represented a basic requirement for human cultural development. These movements necessitate that the nervous system must function to automatically balance the body's center of mass over the feet during all motor activities. In other words, every movement must begin and end with a postural adjustment.