Analysis and modeling of the multisegmental coordination of shortening behavior in the medicinal leech. I. Motor output pattern.

@article{Wittenberg1992AnalysisAM,
  title={Analysis and modeling of the multisegmental coordination of shortening behavior in the medicinal leech. I. Motor output pattern.},
  author={George Wittenberg and William B. Kristan},
  journal={Journal of neurophysiology},
  year={1992},
  volume={68 5},
  pages={1683-92}
}
1. To understand how a multisegmental animal coordinates motor activity over more than one segment, we studied shortening behavior in the medicinal leech, in which several segments contract longitudinally in response to a moderately strong mechanical stimulus. 2. We first demonstrated that the neuronal activity responsible for shortening behavior occurred in semi-intact and isolated nerve cord preparations, and then characterized the responses of motor neurons in isolated preparations. The… CONTINUE READING
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