Central and Peripheral Correlates of Motor Planning
Rungta, Satya Prakash
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A hallmark of human behaviour is that we can either couple or decouple our thoughts, decision and motor plans from actions. Previous studies have reported evidence of gating of information between intention and action that can happen at different levels in the central nervous system (CNS) involving the motor cortex, subcortical structures such as the basal ganglia and even in the spinal cord. In my research I examine the extent of this gating and its modulation by task context. I will present results obtained by data collected from (a) neck muscles and neural recording from frontal eye field (FEF) in macaque monkeys and (b) putative motor units (MUs) from high density electrode arrays using surface EMG signals in human to delineate the type of information that leaks into muscles in the periphery when subjects are involved in preparing eye and hand movements, respectively, and its modulation by task context Overall, my results reveal that we can assess some aspects of central planning in the activity of motor units Further, the recruitment of these motor units depend on task context.
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