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Movement Control

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ISBN-10: 052145607X

ISBN-13: 9780521456074

Edition: 1994

Authors: Paul Cordo, Stevan R. Harnad

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Movement is arguably the most fundamental and important function of the nervous system. Purposive movement requires the coordination of actions within many areas of the cerebral cortex, cerebellum, basal ganglia, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves and sensory receptors, which together must control a highly complex biomechanical apparatus made up of the skeleton and muscles. Beginning at the level of biomechanics and spinal reflexes and proceeding upward to brain structures in the cerebellum, brainstem and cerebral cortex, the chapters in this book highlight the important issues in movement control. Commentaries provide a balanced treatment of the articles that have been written by experts…    
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Book details

List price: $40.99
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/27/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 292
Size: 10.87" wide x 8.50" long x 0.63" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Paul Cordo is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Oregon Health and Science University and Chief Technology Officer for AMES Technology, Inc., a medical device start-up company that he founded. He has been funded by NIH grants for over thirty years as a basic and clinical neuroscientist, and brings practical expertise - as a writer, reviewer, and manager of grants - to this book.

Does the nervous system use equilibrium-point control to guide single and multiple joint movements?
Does the nervous system use kinesthetic input to control natural limb movements?
Can sense be made of spinal interneuron circuits?
Implications of neural networks for how we think about brain function
Do cortical and basal ganglia motor areas use 'motor programs' to control movement?
Functional heterogeneity with structural homogeneity: how does the cerebellum operate?
Are movement parameters recognizably coded in activity of single neurons?
Posterior parietal cortex and egocentric space
Open peer commentary
Authors' responses