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Moreover, psychology has offered little help in understanding the origins of complex manual skills. The mechanisms controlling reaching and grasping and their development have been carefully analyzed (Connolly 1998; Fitts & Posner 1967) but until recently little attention has been paid to what is done with an object once grasped (Bril, Roux & Dietrich 2000; Roux 2000). This chapter, then, also constitutes a plea for broader-based research on the psychology of skill acquisition and the relationship between complex manual tasks and mental abilities.
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