Progress in Motor Control

Volume 629 of the series Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology pp 559-575

Selective Activation of Human Finger Muscles after Stroke or Amputation

  • Marc H. SchieberAffiliated withDepartment of Neurology, University of Rochester Email author 
  • , C. E. Lang
  • , K. T. Reilly
  • , P. McNulty
  • , A. Sirigu

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Individuated finger movements of the human hand require selective activation of particular sets of muscles. Such selective activation is controlled primarily by the motor cortex via the corticospinal tract. Is this selectivity therefore lost when lesions damage the corticospinal tract? Or when the motor cortex reorganizes after amputation?