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

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198524052

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524052.001.0001

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Role of the cerebellum in locomotor coordination

Role of the cerebellum in locomotor coordination

(p.215) 13 Role of the cerebellum in locomotor coordination
Neuronal Control of Locomotion

G. N. Orlovsky

T. G. Deliagina

S. Grillner

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyses the role of the cerebellum in locomotor coordination. Different brain motor centres participate in the correction and modulation of the motor patterns generated by the spinal limb controllers. The cerebellum plays an important role in the organization of supraspinal influences on the spinal mechanisms. As shown in numerous studies, removal of the cerebellum, lesions to its parts, or their temporary functional inactivation results in discoordination of stepping movements, both in otherwise intact animals and in humans. The chapter considers the contribution of the cerebellum in the control of stepping movements of the hind limb. The scratch reflex, with only one limb involved in rhythmic activity, was also used as a simpler model to enhance the analysis of signal processing in the cerebellum. Influences of the hind-limb subdivision of the cerebellum on the cerebral cortex are mediated by the interposite nucleus.

Keywords:   locomoter coordination, cerebellum, motor patterns, spinal limb controllers, cerebral cortex

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