|Title||The motor system plays the violin: a musical metaphor inferred from the oscillatory activity of the alpha-motoneuron pools during locomotion.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2011|
|Keywords||University of Tübingen, WP5-Learning|
Despite substantial advances in the field, particularly resulting from physiological studies in animals, the neural mechanisms underlying the generation of many motor behaviors in humans remain unclear. A recent study by Cappellini and colleague sheds more light on this topic. Like the string of a violin, the ?-motoneuron pools in the spinal cord during locomotion show continuous and oscillatory patterns of activation. In this report, the implications and relevance of this finding are discussed in a general framework that includes neurophysiology, optimal control theory and robotics.