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Proprioceptive feedback in humans expresses motor invariants during writing.
University of Gävle, Belastningsskadecentrum.
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2005 (English)In: Experimental Brain Research, ISSN 0014-4819, E-ISSN 1432-1106, Vol. 164, no 2, 242-9 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Proprioceptive feedback from populations of muscle spindle afferents feeds the brain with information relating to the instantaneous velocity and direction of ongoing movements. In this paper, we investigate whether the invariant relationship between the velocity and curvature of a trajectory, i.e. the two-thirds power law, is reflected in this muscle spindle feedback. Sixty unitary muscle spindle afferents from six ankle muscle groups were recorded using intraneural microelectrodes during imposed "writing-like" movements. The movements had kinematic parameters obeying the two-thirds power law and were imposed so that the tip of the foot followed trajectories forming four different letters and six numbers. The responses of the muscle spindle afferent populations were analysed using the population vector model. The results demonstrate that the neuronal trajectories attained from populations of muscle spindles clearly depict the path and kinematic parameters and express the movement invariants, i.e. the trajectory segmentation into units of action and the two-thirds power law. The central vs peripheral origin of such constraints involved in the motor system is discussed.

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2005. Vol. 164, no 2, 242-9 p.
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Action Potentials physiology, Afferent Pathways physiology, Ankle Joint physiology, Biomechanics, Electromyography, Feedback physiology, Foot innervation physiology, Humans, Motor Skills physiology, Movement physiology, Muscle Contraction physiology, Muscle Spindles physiology, Muscle, Skeletal innervation physiology, Neurons, Afferent physiology, Proprioception physiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-2777DOI: 10.1007/s00221-005-2246-5ISI: 000230625000011PubMedID: 15856208OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-2777DiVA: diva2:119439
Available from: 2007-11-28 Created: 2007-11-28 Last updated: 2010-09-08Bibliographically approved

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