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Cortical Sensorimotor Mechanisms for Neural Control of Skilled Manipulation

Abstract The human hand is a complex biological system. Humans have evolved a unique ability to use the hand for a wide range of tasks, including activities of daily living such as successfully grasping and manipulating objects, i.e., lifting a cup of coffee without spilling. Despite the ubiquitous nature of hand use in everyday activities involving object manipulations, there is currently an incomplete understanding of the cortical sensorimotor mechanisms underlying this important behavior. One critical aspect of natural object grasping is the coordination of where the fingers make contact with an object and how much force is applied following contact. Such force-to-position modulation is critical for successful manipulation. However, the neural me... (more)
Created Date 2017
Contributor McGurrin, Patrick M. (Author) / Santello, Marco (Advisor) / Helms-Tillery, Steve (Committee member) / Kleim, Jeff (Committee member) / Davare, Marco (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Neurosciences / Biomedical engineering / Electroencephalography / Hand Grasping / Motor Control / Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 147 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Neuroscience 2017
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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