Hidden deep in the brain, a map that guides animals’ movements
New research has revealed that deep in the brain, in a structure called striatum, all possible movements that an animal can do are represented in a map of neural activity. Similar movements have similar coordinates, being represented closer in the map, while actions that are more different have more distant coordinates and are further away.
From the ears to the toes and everything in between, every move the body makes is determined by a unique pattern of brain-cell activity, but until now, and using the map analogy, we only had some pieces of information (...). This study was like looking at this map for the first time. – Rui Costa
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