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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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The Movement Repertoire of Monkeys

The Movement Repertoire of Monkeys

(p.139) Chapter 9 The Movement Repertoire of Monkeys
The Intelligent Movement Machine

Michael S. A. Graziano

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the action repertoire of monkeys. It argues that either through evolution, experience, or both, the representation of movement in the motor cortex reflects the statistics of the normal movement repertoire. It is not obvious how to arrange optimally something as complex and multidimensional as the movement repertoire onto the two dimensions of the cortical sheet. Solving this problem of dimensionality reduction leads to a theoretical explanation of the complicated, overlapping topography of the cortical motor system.

Keywords:   action, postures, motor cortex, stimulation, evolution, experience

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