Changes of steady state activity in motor cortex consistent with the length-tension relation of muscle

Pflugers Arch. 1983 Sep;398(4):318-23. doi: 10.1007/BF00657241.


Steady state activity of motor cortex (MI) neurons and muscles was examined in relation to joint position. Two monkeys performed either isometric or load-bearing isotonic contractions, at different joint positions and during variation of steady torque. In either condition, MI steady state firing rate were found to be related to the amount of muscular excitation necessary to adjust muscle tension to length at any given position and load. The results obtained from 526 neurons (including pyramidal tract neurons) demonstrate for 206 neurons a correlate of the length-tension relation of muscle in the motor cortex.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Homeostasis*
  • Macaca mulatta
  • Motor Cortex / cytology
  • Motor Cortex / physiology*
  • Muscle Tonus
  • Muscles / physiology*
  • Neurons / physiology