The initiation of voluntary movements by the supplementary motor area

@article{Eccles1982TheIO,
  title={The initiation of voluntary movements by the supplementary motor area},
  author={John Eccles},
  journal={Archiv f{\"u}r Psychiatrie und Nervenkrankheiten},
  year={1982},
  volume={231},
  pages={423-441}
}
The hypothesis is formulated that in all voluntary movements the initial neuronal event is in the supplementary motor areas (SMA) of both cerebral hemispheres. Experimental support is provided by three lines of evidence. 1. In voluntary movements many neurones of the SMA are activated probably up to 200 ms before the pyramidal tract discharge. 2. Investigations of regional cerebral blood flow by the radioactive Xenon technique reveal that there is neuronal activity in the SMA of both sides… CONTINUE READING
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