Cerebellar cortical output encodes temporal aspects of rhythmic licking movements and is necessary for normal licking frequency.

@article{Bryant2010CerebellarCO,
  title={Cerebellar cortical output encodes temporal aspects of rhythmic licking movements and is necessary for normal licking frequency.},
  author={Jer{\'i} L. Bryant and John D. Boughter and Suzhen Gong and Mark S LeDoux and Detlef H. Heck},
  journal={The European journal of neuroscience},
  year={2010},
  volume={32 1},
  pages={41-52}
}
Rodents consume water by performing stereotypic, rhythmic licking movements that are believed to be controlled by brainstem pattern-generating circuits. Previous work has shown that synchronized population activity of inferior olive neurons was phase-locked to the licking rhythm in rats, suggesting a cerebellar involvement in temporal aspects of licking behavior. However, what role the cerebellum has in licking behavior and whether licking is represented in the high-frequency simple spike… CONTINUE READING