Peripheral and Spinal Mechanisms in the Neural Control of Movement / Edition 1

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Overview

In the last decade, we have witnessed a striking maturation of our understanding of how neurons in the spinal cord control muscular activity and movement. Paradoxically, a host of new findings have revealed an unexpected versatility in the behavior of these well-studied neural elements and circuits. In this volume, the world's leading experts review the current state of our knowledge of motor control, outline their latest results and developments, and delineate the seminal unresolved questions in this vibrant field of research. The volume begins with a commentary and overview of our current understanding of the peripheral and spinal basis of motor control. The remainder of the volume is divided into seven sections, each focused on a different problem. The first chapter in each section provides some historical review and presages the experimental findings and hypotheses that are discussed in subsequent chapters.
Topics include the biomechanics of neuromuscular systems, the properties of motoneurons and the muscle units they control, spinal interneurons, pattern generating circuits, locomotion, descending control of spinal circuits, comparative physiology of motor systems, and motor systems neurophysiology studied in man. The book serves as a unique reference volume and should be essential reading for anyone interested in motor systems. Moreover, the volume's comprehensive coverage of a wide range of topics make it an effective textbook for graduate level courses in motor control neurobiology, kinesiology, physical therapy, and rehabilitation medicine.

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Reviewer: Konstantin V. Slavin, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This book is a collection of 44 scientific papers that were presented at a Satellite Symposium of the Society of Neuroscience in Tucson, Arizona in November, 1998. Various aspects of motor control are covered, starting with cortical motoneurons, motor units, and muscle receptors, and ending with pattern generation and complex neuromuscular systems.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an overview of current concepts in the area of motor control studies. Since this is technically the proceedings of the symposium, the selection of articles reflects the state of ongoing research projects worldwide.
Audience: The book is intended for neuroscientists and neuroscience students. It would be of particular interest to those researchers who are involved in studies of animal movements, neural and muscular mechanisms of the movement process, feedback and information processing, and so forth. The chapter contributors are neuroscientists from 12 countries.
Features: The most important feature of the book is the wide spectrum of topics covered. Firing mechanisms of the motoneurons, their input and output functions, action of motor receptors and motor units, physiology of pattern generators, and properties of neuromuscular systems are presented in unique sections. The final section is a summary of the research of movement control in humans. All chapters are well referenced and have an adequate amount of black-and-white illustrations.
Assessment: This new volume in the series Progress in Brain Research is an overview of current research in the area of central and peripheral motor control and processing. Neuroscientists who deal with animal and human movements and movement disorders will find this book both interesting and informative.
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Reviewer: Konstantin V. Slavin, MD(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This book is a collection of 44 scientific papers that were presented at a Satellite Symposium of the Society of Neuroscience in Tucson, Arizona in November, 1998. Various aspects of motor control are covered, starting with cortical motoneurons, motor units, and muscle receptors, and ending with pattern generation and complex neuromuscular systems.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an overview of current concepts in the area of motor control studies. Since this is technically the proceedings of the symposium, the selection of articles reflects the state of ongoing research projects worldwide.
Audience: The book is intended for neuroscientists and neuroscience students. It would be of particular interest to those researchers who are involved in studies of animal movements, neural and muscular mechanisms of the movement process, feedback and information processing, and so forth. The chapter contributors are neuroscientists from 12 countries.
Features: The most important feature of the book is the wide spectrum of topics covered. Firing mechanisms of the motoneurons, their input and output functions, action of motor receptors and motor units, physiology of pattern generators, and properties of neuromuscular systems are presented in unique sections. The final section is a summary of the research of movement control in humans. All chapters are well referenced and have an adequate amount of black-and-white illustrations.
Assessment: This new volume in the series Progress in Brain Research is an overview of current research in the area of central and peripheral motor control and processing. Neuroscientists who deal with animal and human movements and movement disorders will find this book both interesting and informative.
Konstantin V. Slavin
This book is a collection of 44 scientific papers that were presented at a Satellite Symposium of the Society of Neuroscience in Tucson, Arizona in November, 1998. Various aspects of motor control are covered, starting with cortical motoneurons, motor units, and muscle receptors, and ending with pattern generation and complex neuromuscular systems. The purpose is to provide an overview of current concepts in the area of motor control studies. Since this is technically the proceedings of the symposium, the selection of articles reflects the state of ongoing research projects worldwide. The book is intended for neuroscientists and neuroscience students. It would be of particular interest to those researchers who are involved in studies of animal movements, neural and muscular mechanisms of the movement process, feedback and information processing, and so forth. The chapter contributors are neuroscientists from 12 countries. The most important feature of the book is the wide spectrum of topics covered. Firing mechanisms of the motoneurons, their input and output functions, action of motor receptors and motor units, physiology of pattern generators, and properties of neuromuscular systems are presented in unique sections. The final section is a summary of the research of movement control in humans. All chapters are well referenced and have an adequate amount of black-and-white illustrations. This new volume in the series Progress in Brain Research is an overview of current research in the area of central and peripheral motor control and processing. Neuroscientists who deal with animal and human movements and movement disorders will find this book both interesting and informative.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780444502889
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 12/31/1999
  • Series: Progress in Brain Research Series , #123
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 482

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Preface
I Perspectives
1 The segmental motor system - advances, issues, and possibilities 3
II Mechanisms underlying repetitive firing in motoneurons
2 Repetitive impulse firing in motoneurons: facts and perspectives 31
3 Plateau potentials and their role in regulating motoneuronal firing 39
4 Synaptic integration in bistable motoneurons 49
5 Adapting motoneurons for motor behavior 57
III Input-output functions of motoneurons
6 Assessing the strengths of motoneuron inputs: different anatomical and physiological approaches compared 67
7 Models of spike encoding and their use in the interpretation of motor unit recordings in man 83
8 Non-linear summation of synaptic currents on spinal motoneurons: lessons from simulations of the behaviour of anatomically realistic models 99
9 Selectivity of presynaptic inhibition: a mechanism for independent control of information flow through individual collaterals in single muscle spindle afferents 109
IV Properties and central actions of muscle receptors
10 Why are there three types of intrafusal muscle fibers? 121
11 Quantifying proprioception 133
12 Movement detection thresholds at the human elbow joint 143
13 A positive feedback circuit involving muscle spindle secondaries and gamma motoneurons in the cat 149
14 Neurotrophin-3 and maintenance of muscle afferent function 157
V Motor unit properties and recruitment
15 Revisiting the notion of 'motor unit types' 167
16 Orderly recruitment tested across muscle boundaries 177
17 Limited plasticity of adult motor units conserves recruitment order and rate coding 191
18 Motor cortical control of human masticatory muscles 203
19 Do lengthening contractions represent a case of reversal in recruitment order? 215
20 Motor units of extraocular muscles: recent findings 221
21 Neuromuscular strategies underlying ballistic movements 233
VI Comparative physiology of pattern generators
22 General principles of rhythmic motor pattern generation derived from invertebrate CPGs 247
23 Central pattern generators and interphyletic awareness 259
24 A brain region in insects that supervises walking 273
25 Behavior of hindbrain neurons during the transition from rest to evoked locomotion in a newt 285
VII Spinal interneurons and pattern generation
26 On the cellular bases of vertebrate locomotion 297
27 The roles of spinal interneurons of motoneurons in the lamprey locomotor network 311
28 Primate spinal interneurons: muscle fields and response properties during voluntary movement 323
29 Correlations between neurograms and locomotor drive potentials in motoneurons during fictive locomotion: implications for the organization of locomotor commands 331
30 Failure analysis of stepping in adult spinal cats 341
31 Locomotor performance and adaptation after partial or complete spinal cord lesions in the cat 349
VIII Mechanical properties of neuromuscular systems
32 The role of musculoskeletal mechanics in motor coordination 369
33 Kinematic redundancy 379
34 Task- and age-dependent variations in steadiness 389
35 Mechanical actions of compartments of the cat hamstring muscle, biceps femoris 397
36 What might the brain know about muscles, limbs and spinal circuits? 405
37 Animal models of motor systems: cautionary tales from studies of head movement 411
IX Control of movement studied in man
38 The sharing principle 419
39 Properties of human peripheral nerves: implications for studies of human motor control 427
40 Rhythmic cortical activity and its relation to the neurogenic components of normal and pathological tremors 437
41 Stopping and turning during human walking 445
42 Disturbances of voluntary movement coordination in stroke: problems of planning or execution? 455
43 Group II spindle afferent fibers in humans: their possible role in the reflex control of stance 461
44 Indices of cortical motor function following severe brain injury in man 473
Subject index 481
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