Current issues in directional motor control

Trends Neurosci. 1995 Nov;18(11):506-10. doi: 10.1016/0166-2236(95)92775-l.


Many studies during the past 15 years have shown that the direction of motor output (movement or isometric force) is an important factor for neuronal activity in the motor cortex, both at the level of single cells and at the level of neuronal populations. Recent studies have investigated several new aspects of this problem including the effect of posture, the relations to time-varying movement parameters (for example, position, velocity and acceleration) and the cortical representation of memorized simple movements and complex-movement trajectories. Furthermore, the neural correlates of directional operations, such as mental rotation and memory-scanning of visuomotor directions, have also been investigated. In addition, neural networks have been used to model dynamic, time-varying, spatial motor trajectories.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Arm / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Models, Neurological
  • Motor Activity / physiology*
  • Motor Cortex / cytology
  • Motor Cortex / physiology*
  • Movement / physiology
  • Nerve Net / physiology
  • Neurons / physiology