Stalling for Time: It's Not the Magnitude, but the Way Neurons Fire that Matters

Neuron. 2017 Jul 5;95(1):6-8. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2017.06.033.


In this issue of Neuron, Stavisky et al. (2017) demonstrate that visual feedback in M1 during reaching initially reflects a specific pattern of neural activity that does not generate motor output and then is altered to a pattern that does generate motor output. This switch likely provides time for the motor system to consider various behavioral factors when specifying the appropriate motor response during voluntary motor actions.

Keywords: motor cortex; sensory feedback; visuomotor control; voluntary movement.

MeSH terms

  • Feedback, Sensory*
  • Motor Cortex
  • Movement
  • Neurons*