Post-movement beta (around 20 Hz) synchronization was investigated in 2 experiments with self-paced finger extension and flexion and externally paced wrist movement. The electrodes were fixed over the sensorimotor area in distances of 2.5 cm. It was found that after a brisk finger movement the desynchronized beta rhythm displayed a fast recovery and a short-lasting synchronization within 1 sec. This post-movement beta synchronization was maximal over the contralateral hemisphere and localized slightly more anterior to the maximal desynchronization of the hand area mu rhythm. The post-movement beta synchronization is interpreted as a correlate of "idling" motor cortex neurons.