Sensation-Targeted Motor Control: Every Spike Counts? Focus on: “Whisker Movements Evoked by Stimulation of Single Motor Neurons in the Facial Nucleus of the Rat” Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Traditionally, sensory processing and motor control have been studied separately, reflecting the belief that sensory and motor streams remain independent until linked via cortical "associative" areas. Although this belief no longer dominates neuroscience, the traditional tendency to continue to study sensory processing and motor control separately is not easily overcome. Only after closely examining operation of sensory organs does one realize how important motor control is for sensation. The recent elegant study of Herfst and Brecht reveals how accurate sensation-targeted motor control should be in one such system—the vibrissal system.

publication date

  • January 1, 2008