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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 9.05 (Spring 2003) 
  • Course Title:
  • Neural Basis of Movement 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Brain and Cognitive Sciences 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Emilio Bizzi
    Prof. Ann M Graybiel
    Prof. Peter H Schiller
    Prof. Mriganka Sur
    Prof. Chris Moore 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 9.05 Neural Basis of Movement

    Spring 2003

    Course Highlights

    This undergraduate course is an introduction to the field of motor control and motor learning. The extensive reading list is designed to thoroughly ground the students in the classical beginnings of the field and then lead them to the forefront of research. The related resources allow the students to explore in greater depth specific topics not covered in the class.  

    Course Description

    Surveys general principles and specific examples of motor control in biological systems. Emphasizes the neural mechanisms underlying different aspects of movement and movement planning. Covers sensory reception, reflex arcs, spinal cord organization, pattern generators, muscle function, locomotion, eye movement, and cognitive aspects of motor control. Functions of central motor structures including cerebellum, basal ganglia, and cerebral cortex considered. Cortical plasticity, motor learning and computational approaches to motor control, and motor disorders are discussed.

    *Some translations represent previous versions of courses.


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