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Electromyography for Experimentalists

The technique of electromyography, used to study the electrical currents generated by muscle action, has become invaluable to researchers in the biological, medical, and behavioral sciences. With it, the scientist can study the role of muscles in producing and controlling limb movement, eating, breathing, posture, vocalizations, and the manipulation of objects. However, many electromyographic techniques were developed in the clinical study of humans and are inappropriate for use in research on other organisms—tadpoles, for example. This book, a complete and very practical hands-on guide to the theoretical and experimental requirements of electromyography, takes into account the needs of researchers across the sciences.

394 pages | 40 halftones, 100 line drawings | 7.37 x 9.25 | © 1986

Biological Sciences: Physiology, Biomechanics, and Morphology


Table of Contents

Part 1 - Theory
1. Orientation—This End Up
2. Coping with Ohm’s Law
3. The Organization of Muscles
4. How Muscles Generate Electricity
5. Structural and Functional Factors Influencing the EMG Signal
6. The Electrode as an Antenna
7. Materials Science and Electrochemistry
8. Verification of Position
Part 2 - Application
9. Fabrication Equipment and Techniques
10. Design and Construction of Electrodes
11. Connectors and Cabling
12. Basic Electronic Equipment
13. Noise and Artifact
14. Electrical Testing, Calibration, and Failure Analysis
15. Visual Correlation Techniques
16. Analog Correlation Techniques
17. Signal Processing and Display
18. Graphical Conventions and Preparation of Illustrations
19. Medical and Surgical Techniques
20. Single-unit Electromyography
21. Quick, but Not Too Dirty
1. Anatomical Techniques
2. Suppliers
3. Animal Care Regulations
Author Index
Subject Index

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