The Intelligent Movement Machine: An Ethological Perspective on the Primate Motor System

Hardcover | December 22, 2008

byMichael Graziano

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In The Intelligent Movement Machine: An Ethological Perspective on the Primate Motor System, Michael Graziano offers a fundamentally new theory of motor cortex organization: the rendering of the movement repertoire onto the cortex. The action repertoire of an animal is highly dimensional,whereas the cortical sheet is two-dimensional. Rendering the action space onto the cortex therefore results in a complex pattern, explaining the otherwise inexplicable details of the motor cortex organization. This clearly written book book includes a complete history of motor cortex research fromits discovery to the present, a discussion of the major issues in motor cortex research, and an account of recent experiments that led to Graziano's "action map" view. Though focused on the motor cortex, the book includes a range of topics from an explanation of how primates put food in theirmouths, to the origins of social beahvior such as smiling and laughing, to the mysterious link between movement disorders and autism. This book is written for a general audience, and should be of interest to experts, students, and the scientific lay.

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In The Intelligent Movement Machine: An Ethological Perspective on the Primate Motor System, Michael Graziano offers a fundamentally new theory of motor cortex organization: the rendering of the movement repertoire onto the cortex. The action repertoire of an animal is highly dimensional,whereas the cortical sheet is two-dimensional. R...

Michael Graziano is in the Department of Psychology at Princeton University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 6.3 × 9.29 × 0.71 inPublished:December 22, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195326709

ISBN - 13:9780195326703

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Early experiments on motor cortex3. An integrative map of the body4. Hierarchy in the cortical motor system5. Neuronal control of movement6. What can be learned from electrical stimulation?7. Complex movements evoked by electrical stimulation of motor cortex8. The match between natural neuronal properties and stimulation-evoked movement9. The movement repertoire of monkeys10. Dimensionality reduction as a theory of motor cortex organization11. Feedback remapping and the cortical-spinal-muscular system12. Social implications of motor controlLiterature CitedIndex