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Trends Neurosci. 1991 Mar;14(3):87-91.

The human stretch reflex and the motor cortex.

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University Laboratory of Physiology, Oxford, UK.

Abstract

The spinal stretch reflex, exemplified by the tendon jerk, appears to be less important in humans than a delayed 'long-latency' response. This is easily observed when muscles of the hand are stretched while they are already contracting voluntarily. On limited evidence, many have long held that the delayed response is a transcortical reflex and have tended to neglect alternative possibilities, particularly that it might be a spinal reflex dependent upon slow afferents. New experiments have now eliminated the alternatives, leaving the transcortical hypothesis in command of the field.

PMID:
1709536
DOI:
10.1016/0166-2236(91)90064-2
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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