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Primate Neuroethology$
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Michael Platt and Asif Ghazanfar

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195326598

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326598.001.0001

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Ethologically Relevant Movements Mapped on the Motor Cortex

Ethologically Relevant Movements Mapped on the Motor Cortex

(p.454) Chapter 23 Ethologically Relevant Movements Mapped on the Motor Cortex
Primate Neuroethology

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This chapter reviews evidence that motor cortex in primates is not organized according to topographic maps related to the body surface, but is organized according to species-typical motor behavior. Microstimulation with behaviorally relevant time courses evokes basic movements such as bringing food to the mouth, climbing, or defensive responses. It is argued that primate motor cortex serves as an interface functionally specialized for producing species-typical actions.

Keywords:   motor cortex, primate brain, topographic maps, species-typical motor behavior, microstimulation

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