Control of human mandibular posture during locomotion.

  title={Control of human mandibular posture during locomotion.},
  author={Timothy S. Miles and Stanley C. Flavel and Michael A. Nordstrom},
  journal={The Journal of physiology},
  volume={554 Pt 1},
Mandibular movements and masseter muscle activity were measured in humans during hopping, walking and running to determine whether reflexes contribute to the maintenance of jaw position during locomotion. In initial experiments, subjects hopped so that they landed either on their toes or on their heel. Landing on the toes provoked only small mandibular movements and no reflex responses in the masseter electromyogram (EMG). Landing on the heels with the jaw muscles relaxed caused the mandible to… CONTINUE READING


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