Jan 27, 2023

Even simple motions make ripples across brain, study finds

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Even a simple movement like pushing a button sends ripples of activity throughout networks of neurons spanning across the brain, new University of Oregon research shows.

The finding highlights just how complex the is, challenging the simplified textbook picture of distinct areas dedicated to specific functions.

“It’s really well known that that the primary motor cortex controls output,” said Alex Rockhill, a graduate student in the lab of human physiology professor Nicki Swann. “But there’s a lot more to movement than this one brain area.”

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