Representations of Voluntary Arm Movements in the Motor Cortex and Their Transformations

Apostolos P. Georgopoulos, Elissaios Karageorgiou

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This chapter discusses the neural mechanisms of voluntary movements in the motor cortex - a major node in the brain network of initiation and control of such movements. Specifically, it discusses the neural mechanisms of reaching movements in space with respect to the encoding of movement parameters in the activity of single cells and the decoding of information from neuronal populations. This decoding scheme can be used to monitor the processing of movement-related information in various contexts and, ultimately, to drive motor prostheses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUnderstanding Events
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Perception to Action
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199870462
ISBN (Print)9780195188370
StatePublished - May 1 2008


  • Motor prostheses
  • Neural mechanisms
  • Reaching movements
  • Voluntary movements


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