Neural Manifolds for the Control of Movement

Juan A. Gallego, Matthew G. Perich, Lee E. Miller, Sara A. Solla*

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The analysis of neural dynamics in several brain cortices has consistently uncovered low-dimensional manifolds that capture a significant fraction of neural variability. These neural manifolds are spanned by specific patterns of correlated neural activity, the “neural modes.” We discuss a model for neural control of movement in which the time-dependent activation of these neural modes is the generator of motor behavior. This manifold-based view of motor cortex may lead to a better understanding of how the brain controls movement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)978-984
Number of pages7
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jun 7 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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