Flexibility of muscle control by modulation of muscle properties
This chapter attempts to put muscle modulation in context by identifying two broadly defined functional advantages that muscle modulation could provide, and considering the functional implications of extrinsic and intrinsic neuromodulation. In each case it first discusses the issue at hand in general terms, and then provides specific neuromuscular systems that illustrate the point well. It next describes a particularly well-understood example of muscle modulation (the ARC system of Aplysia), and ends by listing several questions whose resolution is necessary to achieve a full understanding of the role of muscle modulation in motor pattern production.
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