Motor control

Motor control refers to the process by which the nervous system coordinates the muscle and limbs to achieve a desired movement or set of actions. This includes the ability to anticipate, adjust and respond to deviations from the desired action.

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  • Comments and Opinion |

    The development of systems combining rapid volumetric imaging with three-dimensional tracking has enabled the measurement of brain-wide dynamics in freely behaving animals such as worms, flies, and fish. These advances provide an exciting opportunity to understand the organization of neural circuits in the context of voluntary and natural behaviors. In this Comment, we highlight recent progress in this burgeoning area of research.

    • John A. Calarco
    •  & Aravinthan D. T. Samuel
    Nature Methods 16, 14-15
  • News and Views |

    The combination of spinal epidural stimulation and physical therapy is restoring walking function to people with spinal cord injury. With intensive rehabilitation, some participants are able to walk in their communities during stimulation and even regain control over previously paralyzed movement in the absence of stimulation.

    • Chet Moritz
    Nature Neuroscience 21, 1647-1648
  • Research Highlights |

    A population of spinal excitatory interneurons can be targeted for the maintenance of respiratory function after spinal cord injury in mice.

    • Katherine Whalley