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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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Single Vestibular Unit Recordings in the Alert Cat during Active and Passive Head Movements

Single Vestibular Unit Recordings in the Alert Cat during Active and Passive Head Movements

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(p.279) Chapter 44 Single Vestibular Unit Recordings in the Alert Cat during Active and Passive Head Movements
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The Head-Neck Sensory Motor System
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James H. Fuller

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195068207.003.0044

Recordings of single neurons in conscious animals started over three decades ago. In unrestrained animals, this activity was documented extracellularly and the recorded neuron was referred to as a “single unit.” Shortly after, single units were recorded in sensory-motor areas of the brain in which timing was often used to differentiate motor from sensory neuronal activity. If a cell's firing rate was systematically modified and tightly coupled to a short interval before the onset of the movement, it was assumed to be linked with motor activity. If it started after movement and/or synchronized with the leading edge or onset of a stimulus, it was assumed to be linked with sensory events.

Keywords:   single neurons, neuronal activity, single units, sensory-motor areas, motor activity, sensory events, stimulus

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