Neural Networks and Motor Control

The Neuroscientist - 1997-01-01Georgopoulos AP
Motor control is accomplished by the cooperative interaction of many brain networks, among which the motor cortex holds a central place. This article reviews some of the structural and functional properties of neurons of the motor cortical network, some principles of connectivity with other motor networks, the handling of spatial information regarding reaching movements, and some ideas on how motor cortical commands could be translated to muscle activations by spinal motor networks. Finally, I review recent neural network modeling studies of motor cortical ensemble operations.