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The Anatomy of Manual Dexterity

The New Connectivity of the Primate Sensorimotor Thalamus and Cerebral Cortex

  • Ian Darian-Smith
  • Mary P. Galea
  • Corinna Darian-Smith
  • Michio Sugitani
  • Andrew Tan
  • Kathleen Burman

Part of the Advances in Anatomy Embryology and Cell Biology book series (ADVSANAT, volume 133)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages n2-VIII
  2. Ian Darian-Smith, Mary P. Galea, Corinna Darian-Smith, Michio Sugitani, Andrew Tan, Kathleen Burman
    Pages 1-16
  3. Ian Darian-Smith, Mary P. Galea, Corinna Darian-Smith, Michio Sugitani, Andrew Tan, Kathleen Burman
    Pages 17-63
  4. Ian Darian-Smith, Mary P. Galea, Corinna Darian-Smith, Michio Sugitani, Andrew Tan, Kathleen Burman
    Pages 64-105
  5. Ian Darian-Smith, Mary P. Galea, Corinna Darian-Smith, Michio Sugitani, Andrew Tan, Kathleen Burman
    Pages 106-118
  6. Ian Darian-Smith, Mary P. Galea, Corinna Darian-Smith, Michio Sugitani, Andrew Tan, Kathleen Burman
    Pages 119-120
  7. Ian Darian-Smith, Mary P. Galea, Corinna Darian-Smith, Michio Sugitani, Andrew Tan, Kathleen Burman
    Pages 121-140
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 141-143

About this book

Introduction

The macaque monkey uses the hand to grasp, digitally explore, and identify objects within reach, and to use them intelligently. This review is focused on the topography and connections of some of the neuron populations that determine this manual dexterity. Corticospinal, thalamocortical, and ipsilateral corticocortical neuron populations have been selected because of their obvious relevance to the use of the hand, and also because of their structural and functional interdependence. In the last decade these neuron populations have been analyzed using modern axon tracer techniques, single neuron recording in the alert monkey, and PET, resulting in a serious reconsideration of their structural and functional organization, and their roles in voluntary action. This review critically examines some of the new ideas triggered by these observations.

Keywords

Cortex Sensorimotor coordination anatomy behavior cerebral cortex, primate parallel distributed processing thalamocortical connections

Authors and affiliations

  • Ian Darian-Smith
    • 1
  • Mary P. Galea
    • 2
  • Corinna Darian-Smith
    • 2
  • Michio Sugitani
    • 2
  • Andrew Tan
    • 2
  • Kathleen Burman
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology Howard Florey Institute of Experimental Physiology and MedicineUniversity of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia
  2. 2.Brain Research Laboratory Department of Anatomy and Cell BiologyUniversity of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-61161-2
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-61111-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-61161-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0301-5556
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-7065
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