Ethologically Relevant Movements Mapped on the Motor Cortex

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This chapter reviews evidence that motor cortex in primates is not organized according to topographic maps related to the body surface, but is organized according to speciestypical motor behavior. Microstimulation with behaviorally relevant time courses evokes basic movements such as bringing food to the mouth, climbing, or defensive responses. It is argued that primate motor cortex serves as an interface functionally specialized for producing species-typical actions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPrimate Neuroethology
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199864904
ISBN (Print)9780195326598
StatePublished - Feb 1 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Psychology


  • Microstimulation
  • Motor cortex
  • Primate brain
  • Species-typical motor behavior
  • Topographic maps


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