Reevaluation of motor cortex and of sensorimotor overlap in cerebral cortex of albino rats

Brain Res. 1984 Feb 6;292(2):251-60. doi: 10.1016/0006-8993(84)90761-3.


The organization of motor cortex and the sensorimotor overlap zone was examined by in-depth electrical stimulation using micromapping procedures in rats. The cutaneous somatic sensory, as well as the efferent motor projections to the hindlimb and forelimb sensorimotor overlap zone were studied in the same animals. Low-threshold movements were elicited from portions of 3 architectonic areas: the lateral agranular, dysgranular and granular areas. Cutaneous light touch projections occur only within the granular area. Cutaneous projections to, and motor projections from individual punctures in the granular overlap zone did not always involve homologous body parts. The total motor cortex exhibits a general musculotopic pattern of organization.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Brain Mapping
  • Female
  • Forelimb / innervation
  • Hindlimb / innervation
  • Motor Cortex / anatomy & histology*
  • Motor Cortex / physiology
  • Rats
  • Sensory Thresholds
  • Somatosensory Cortex / anatomy & histology*
  • Somatosensory Cortex / physiology
  • Touch / physiology*