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The History of Neuroscience in Autobiography Volume 6$
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Larry R Squire

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195380101

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195380101.001.0001

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Emilio Bizzi

Emilio Bizzi

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(p.33) Emilio Bizzi
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The History of Neuroscience in Autobiography Volume 6
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Larry R. Squire

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195380101.003.0002

This chapter presents an autobiography of Emilio Bizzi. Bizzi's research formed the basis of a comprehensive theory—the equilibrium-point hypothesis—which accounts for how the central nervous system solves the complex computational problem of executing limb movements. Recently, his laboratory provided evidence that internal representations of limb dynamics are built by combining modular primitives found in the spinal cord as well as other building blocks in higher brain structures. His early years, career, and achievements are discussed.

Keywords:   internal representations, higher brain structures, equilibrium-point hypothesis, central nervous system, limb movements

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