Multiplexing of Motor Information in the Discharge of a Collision Detecting Neuron during Escape Behaviors

@article{Fotowat2011MultiplexingOM,
  title={Multiplexing of Motor Information in the Discharge of a Collision Detecting Neuron during Escape Behaviors},
  author={Haleh Fotowat and Reid R. Harrison and Fabrizio Gabbiani},
  journal={Neuron},
  year={2011},
  volume={69},
  pages={147-158}
}
Locusts possess an identified neuron, the descending contralateral movement detector (DCMD), conveying visual information about impending collision from the brain to thoracic motor centers. We built a telemetry system to simultaneously record, in freely behaving animals, the activity of the DCMD and of motoneurons involved in jump execution. Cocontraction of antagonistic leg muscles, a required preparatory phase, was triggered after the DCMD firing rate crossed a threshold. Thereafter, the… CONTINUE READING
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