A note on time-frequency analysis of finger tapping

Wei Liu, Larry Forrester, Jill Whitall

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Finger tapping involves 3 important features: time, spatial amplitude, and frequency. In classical analysis, investigators examine timing parameters; in spectral analysis, they examine frequency parameters. Both types of analysis are based on stationary tap information. The authors propose that time-frequency analysis is a useful tool for analyzing nonstationary finger tapping. They describe the method and give examples of frequency modulation, age difference, and speed transition that demonstrate additional insights one can gain by using this analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18-28
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Motor Behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Fast fourier transform (FFT)
  • Finger tapping
  • Time-frequency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Biophysics
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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