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The Head-Neck Sensory Motor System$
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Alain Berthoz, Werner Graf, and P. P. Vidal

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780195068207

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195068207.001.0001

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Physiologic Properties and Central Actions of Neck Muscle Spindles

Physiologic Properties and Central Actions of Neck Muscle Spindles

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(p.175) Chapter 25 Physiologic Properties and Central Actions of Neck Muscle Spindles
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The Head-Neck Sensory Motor System
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Victor J. Wilson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195068207.003.0025

Activation of proprioceptors in the neck suggests reflexes that are abundant in the decerebrate cat and presumably contribute to the posture of the alert, behaving animal. Because they appear to contribute afferent input to these reflexes, the properties of neck muscles spindles are of considerable interest. Their distribution and structure have been studied in great detail and described in recent reviews. This chapter discusses their dynamic behaviors and their role in segmental stretch reflexes and their relation with the vestibular system. The first physiologic research on neck muscle spindles were those by Richmond and Abrahams who recorded from single dorsal root fibers in anesthetized cats paralyzed by Flaxedil.

Keywords:   proprioceptors, neck, decerebrate cat, neck muscles spindles, segmental stretch reflexes, vestibular system

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