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Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2000 Oct;10(5):649-54.

Motor systems.

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Department of Physiology, University of Alberta, T6G 2H7, Edmonton, Canada.


The field of motor control has broadened considerably over the past decade. Increasingly detailed information has accrued about the cellular and molecular processes involved in motor pattern generation and motor learning while, at the other extreme, the comparison of studies in humans and monkeys has begun to bridge the gap between cognitive and motor functions. The most striking feature of recent research has been the intense use of electrophysiological procedures in behaving monkeys and non-invasive imaging procedures in humans to elucidate details of sensory-motor transformations and the functional roles of different brain regions in the learning, planning and execution of movements.

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