Topics addressed in the lecture:

Neural Information flow for movement generation

Cortical areas related to action

Movement representations in the primary motor and parietal cortex

Instructed delay task for neural testing


Examples for question you should be able to answer:

Describe the efferent and afferent information flow for planning and executing a reach-out and grasp movement?

How are neurons in primary motor cortex tuned in a center-out reaching task? How does decoding with the population vector method work?

Describe an experiment to determine the coordinate frame in which reach movements are represented in the parietal cortex.


Important concepts:

Sensorimotor transformation

Coordinate frames and coordinate transformations

Neural tuning specific for action type and movement direction

Gain modulation of tuned neural activity


(10) Jan 23, Sensorimotor transformations (hs)