The neural origin of muscle synergies
Author(s)Bizzi, Emilio; Cheung, Vincent Chi-Kwan
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Muscle synergies are neural coordinative structures that function to alleviate the computational burden associated with the control of movement and posture. In this commentary, we address two critical questions: the explicit encoding of muscle synergies in the nervous system, and how muscle synergies simplify movement production. We argue that shared and task-specific muscle synergies are neurophysiological entities whose combination, orchestrated by the motor cortical areas and the afferent systems, facilitates motor control and motor learning.
Departmentdelete; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences; McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT
Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
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Bizzi, Emilio, and Vincent C. K. Cheung. “The Neural Origin of Muscle Synergies.” Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience 7 (2013).
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