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The Intelligent Movement MachineAn Ethological Perspective on the Primate Motor System$
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Michael Graziano

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195326703

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326703.001.0001

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(p.3) Chapter 1 Introduction
The Intelligent Movement Machine

Michael S. A. Graziano

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter begins with a backstory on the experiments that led to the proposition of two principles to explain the basic properties of motor cortex. One principle concerned the topographic layout of motor cortex, and the other concerned the neuronal mechanism by which motor cortex caused movement. A theoretical framework for understanding at least the outlines of motor cortex is described. An overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.

Keywords:   motor cortex, movement control, topography, neuronal mechanism

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