What is driving our patterned movements such as gait and running ?

ScienceDaily (June 3, 2012) — A new finding that motor cortex is a dynamic pattern generator upends existing theory with broad implications for neuroscience.

Maybe it is actually easier to understand than we thought. A new paper presents some compelling evidence that the motor cortex, rather than being command central, is more like a part of the machine, sending rhythmic signals down the spinal cord to orchestrate movement. 

“The electrical signal that drives a given movement is therefore an amalgam – a summation – of the rhythms of all the motor neurons firing at a given moment.”

This is of course monitored (and modified) by one of our best friends, the cerebellum.

Check it out here: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/06/120603191720.htm#.T8yrhOzhvGk.facebook

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