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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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Intrinsic Properties of Neck Motoneurons

Intrinsic Properties of Neck Motoneurons

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(p.231) Chapter 35 Intrinsic Properties of Neck Motoneurons
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The Head-Neck Sensory Motor System
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P. Kenneth Rose

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195068207.003.0035

Neck motoneurons, like their counterparts at other levels of the spinal cord, are the final destination of tens of thousands of axon terminals. Identification of the sources of these axon terminals and characterization of the information that their parent axons transmit have been the main objectives of most studies concerned with the control of head movement. This focus is not surprising since a detailed comprehension of neural circuitry is a crucial prerequisite for a better understanding of the control of head movement. The emphasis of motoneuron connectivity can be misleading because it suggests that the activity of motoneurons is solely a consequence of the origin and timing of the signals received by motoneurons.

Keywords:   neck motoneurons, axon terminals, axons, neural circuitry, motoneuron connectivity, motoneurons

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