The Intelligent Movement Machine: An Ethological Perspective on the Primate Motor System

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Overview

In The Intelligent Movement Machine: An Ethological Perspective on the Primate Motor System, Michael Graziano offers a fundamentally new theory of motor cortex organization: the rendering of the movement repertoire onto the cortex. The action repertoire of an animal is highly dimensional, whereas the cortical sheet is two-dimensional. Rendering the action space onto the cortex therefore results in a complex pattern, explaining the otherwise inexplicable details of the motor cortex organization. This clearly written book book includes a complete history of motor cortex research from its discovery to the present, a discussion of the major issues in motor cortex research, and an account of recent experiments that led to Graziano's "action map" view. Though focused on the motor cortex, the book includes a range of topics from an explanation of how primates put food in their mouths, to the origins of social beahvior such as smiling and laughing, to the mysterious link between movement disorders and autism. This book is written for a general audience, and should be of interest to experts, students, and the scientific lay.

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"Controversial and thought provoking... short, but eloquent..."—Nature Neuroscience
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195326703
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/8/2008
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 3

Ch. 2 Early experiments on motor cortex 13

Ch. 3 An integrative map of the body 39

Ch. 4 Hierarchy in the cortical motor system 51

Ch. 5 Neuronal control of movement 71

Ch. 6 What can be learned from electrical stimulation? 85

Ch. 7 Complex movements evoked by electrical stimulation of motor cortex 97

Ch. 8 The match between natural neuronal properties and stimulation-evoked movement 125

Ch. 9 The movement repertoire of monkeys 139

Ch. 10 Dimensionality reduction as a theory of motor cortex organization 151

Ch. 11 Feedback remapping and the cortical-spinal-muscular system 167

Ch. 12 Social implications of motor control 181

Literature Cited 199

Index 219

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