The construction of movement by the spinal cord

Matthew C. Tresch, Philippe Saltiel, Emilio Bizzi*

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Abstract

We used a computational analysis to identify the basic elements with which the vertebrate spinal cord constructs one complex behavior. This analysis extracted a small set of muscle synergies from the range of muscle activations generated by cutaneous stimulation of the frog hindlimb. The flexible combination of these synergies was able to account for the large number of different motor patterns produced by different animals. These results therefore demonstrate one strategy used by the vertebrate nervous system to produce movement in a computationally simple manner.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)162-167
Number of pages6
JournalNature neuroscience
Volume2
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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