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Nat Rev Neurosci. 2008 Apr;9(4):304-13. doi: 10.1038/nrn2332.

Control of mental activities by internal models in the cerebellum.

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Masao Ito is at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute, 2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198, Japan. masao@brain.riken.jp

Abstract

The intricate neuronal circuitry of the cerebellum is thought to encode internal models that reproduce the dynamic properties of body parts. These models are essential for controlling the movement of these body parts: they allow the brain to precisely control the movement without the need for sensory feedback. It is thought that the cerebellum might also encode internal models that reproduce the essential properties of mental representations in the cerebral cortex. This hypothesis suggests a possible mechanism by which intuition and implicit thought might function and explains some of the symptoms that are exhibited by psychiatric patients. This article examines the conceptual bases and experimental evidence for this hypothesis.

PMID:
18319727
DOI:
10.1038/nrn2332
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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