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Neuronal Control of Locomotion: From Mollusc to Man

Grigori Orlovsky, T. G. Deliagina, and Sten Grillner


What does the swimming leech have to do with the running human? The ability to move actively in space is essential to members of the animal kingdom, and the evolution of the nervous system relates to a large extent to the evolution of locomotion. The extreme importance of locomotion has stimulated many studies of the neural mechanisms underlying locomotion across a range of species. This book provides a comparative study of these mechanisms, describing how the brains in very diverse and evolutionarily removed species control the animal's locomotion. In doing so, the authors reveal unifying pri ... More

Keywords: nervous system, locomotion, neural mechanisms, brain function, evolutionarily removed species, animal kingdom, leech, human, evolution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198524052
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524052.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Grigori Orlovsky, author

T. G. Deliagina, author

Sten Grillner, author
all at Karolinska Institute, Nobel Institute for Neurophysiology