Muscle synergy patterns as physiological markers of motor cortical damage.

  title={Muscle synergy patterns as physiological markers of motor cortical damage.},
  author={Vincent C. K. Cheung and Andrea Turolla and Michela Agostini and Stefano Silvoni and Caoimhe Bennis and Patrick Kasi and Sabrina Paganoni and P. Bonato and Emilio Bizzi},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={109 36},
The experimental findings herein reported are aimed at gaining a perspective on the complex neural events that follow lesions of the motor cortical areas. Cortical damage, whether by trauma or stroke, interferes with the flow of descending signals to the modular interneuronal structures of the spinal cord. These spinal modules subserve normal motor behaviors by activating groups of muscles as individual units (muscle synergies). Damage to the motor cortical areas disrupts the orchestration of… CONTINUE READING
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