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Lena H Ting: lting@emory.edu.

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Research Funding:

This work was supported by NIH grants HD-46922 and NS-053822.

Keywords:

  • Science & Technology
  • Life Sciences & Biomedicine
  • Neurosciences
  • Neurosciences & Neurology
  • NATURAL MOTOR BEHAVIORS
  • SENSORIMOTOR CONTROL
  • ACTIVATION PATTERNS
  • JOINT ANGLE
  • SPINAL-CORD
  • ORGANIZATION
  • MODEL
  • FORCE
  • COORDINATION
  • RESPONSES

Neuromechanics of muscle synergies for posture and movement

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Journal Title:

Current Opinion in Neurobiology

Volume:

Volume 17, Number 6

Publisher:

, Pages 622-628

Type of Work:

Article | Post-print: After Peer Review

Abstract:

Recent research suggests that the nervous system controls muscles by activating flexible combinations of muscle synergies to produce a wide repertoire of movements. Muscle synergies are like building blocks, defining characteristic patterns of activation across multiple muscles that may be unique to each individual, but perform similar functions. The identification of muscle synergies has strong implications for the organization and structure of the nervous system, providing a mechanism by which task-level motor intentions are translated into detailed, low-level muscle activation patterns. Understanding the complex interplay between neural circuits and biomechanics that give rise to muscle synergies will be crucial to advancing our understanding of neural control mechanisms for movement.

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© 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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