Single-unit activity related to bimanual arm movements in the primary and supplementary motor cortices Academic Article uri icon


  • Single units were recorded from the primary motor (MI) and supplementary motor (SMA) areas of Rhesus monkeys performing one-arm (unimanual) and two-arm (bimanual) proximal reaching tasks. During execution of the bimanual movements, the task related activity of about one-half the neurons in each area (MI: 129/232, SMA: 107/206) differed from the activity during similar displacements of one arm while the other was stationary. The bulk of this “bimanual-related” activity could not be explained by any linear combination of activities during unimanual reaching or by differences in kinematics or recorded EMG activity. The bimanual-related activity was relatively insensitive to trial-to-trial variations in muscular activity or arm kinematics. For example, trials where bimanual arm movements differed the most from their unimanual controls did not correspond to the ones where the largest bimanual neural effects were observed. Cortical localization established by using a mixture of surface landmarks, electromyograp...

publication date

  • January 1, 2002