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Acquisitions of Motor Behaviour in Vertebrates

Edited By: JR Bloedel, TJ Ebner and SP Wise

440 pages, Figs

MIT Press

Hardback | Sep 1996 | #63399 | ISBN: 0262024047
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&i;`Impressive in scope [this book] covers a wide range of topics, including evolution, behavior, systems and cellular physiology and modeling'&o;, Eberhard Fetz.

Acquisition of Motor Behavior in Vertebratesis a definitive, novel contribution to one of the most exciting and fastest evolving fields of Neuroscience. The top notch chapters, lucidly written by the leaders in the field, make the book an indispensable resource, and the topics covered, ranging from human motor behavior to neurophysiology and modeling, give the book an unusual and highly original breadth. The book is highly recommended to undergraduate and graduate students as well as to experts: Everyone will enjoy the excitement and fascination of motor learning explicated in such a comprehensive and lucid way! --Apostolos P. Georgopoulos, Director, Brain Sciences Center, VA Medical Center; Professor of Physiology, Neurology, and Psychology, University of Minnesota Medical School "Our knowledge base is rapidly expanding, and this compendium should be invaluable to neuroscientists who are attempting to stay abreast of the diversity of developments. It should also be useful to students who are preparing themselves to work in this area. I am not aware of another volume that effectively addresses the general topic of motor learning, and to this extent, the book is unique." --James C. Houk, Nathan Smith Davis Professor and Chairman of the Physiology Department, Northwestern Medical School


Part 1 Reflex adaptation: learning and memory in the vestibuloocular reflex, Stephen G. Lisberger; the evolution of hindbrain visual and vestibular innovations responsible for oculomotor function, Robert Baker and Edwin Gilland; adaptation of automatic postural responses, Fay B. Horak. Part 2 Conditioned reflexes: the brain substrates of classical eyeblink conditioning in rabbits, Joseph E. Steinmetz; learning and performance - a critical review of the role of the cerebellum in instrumental and classical conditioning, John A. Harvey and John P. Welsh; hippocampal neuron changes during trace eyeblink conditioning in the rabbit, John F. Disterhoft et al; the multiple-pathway model of circuits subserving the classical conditioning of withdrawal reflexes, Vlastislav Bracha and James R. Bloedel; control of motor behaviour acquisition by cortical activity potentiated by decreases in a potassium A-current that increase neural excitability, Charles D. Woody. Part 3 Visually guided movement: a cerebellar role in acquisition of novel static and dynamic muscle activities in holding, pointing, throwing and reaching, W. Thomas Thach; the cerebellum's role in voluntary motor learning - clinical, electrophysiological and imaging studies, Timothy J. Ebner et al; evolution of neuronal activity during conditional motor learning, Steven P. Wise. Part 4 Complex movements and motor sequences: adaptation and skill learning - evidence for different neural substrates, Mark Hallett et al; learning of sequential procedures in monkeys, Okihide Hikosaka et al; the role of the cerebellum in the acquisition of complex volitional forelimb movements, James R. Bloedel et al; sequential hand and finger movements - typing and piano playing, John F. Soechting et al. Part 5 Perspectives of motor learning: substrates and mechanisms for learning in motor cortex, John P. Donoghue et al; neuronal mechanisms subserving the acquisition of new skilled movements in mammals, Hiroshi Asanuma; motor learning - toward understanding acquired representations, George E. Stelmach; learning internal models of the motor apparatus, Mitsuo Kawato.

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