Motor Inversions as a Resource for Individualizing Human Activity
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inverse relations
organizational principle
level of motor construction
symptomatic inversion
real inversion

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Sevostyanov, D. (2020). Motor Inversions as a Resource for Individualizing Human Activity. Corpus Mundi, 1(1), 59-80.


In this article, we have considered the factors that determine the individuality of human activity. We have shown that the traditional model of human activity does not take into account all such factors. The purpose of the study is to analyze insufficiently studied individualizing factors in the system of human activity. The most important resource that creates motor individuality is inversions in the hierarchical system of human activity. We conducted a study based on the concept of levels of motor construction by N. A. Bernstein. Inversions are a form of relationship between hierarchically subordinate levels of human activity, in which the lower level acquires dominant features, formally remaining in its former subordinate position. In this article, we have shown a number of examples of motor inversions. Separately, we have identified symptomatic inversions, in which the properties of the higher motor level are manifested in the lower motor level, and real inversions, which become a manifestation of actual systemic contradictions in human motor skills. These results show the need to study system inversions in the structure of human activity, and at the same time demonstrate the importance of studying inversions as a General form of relations in complex hierarchical systems. Ignoring inversions does not allow us to form an adequate model of human activity. The article is intended for all readers interested in philosophical problems of corporeality.
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