MadSci Network: Neuroscience

Subject: How do motor neuron circuits work

Date: Wed May 15 20:49:20 2002
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Area of science: Neuroscience
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In the 1940s and 50s, William Roeder did a series of experiments in which he cut 
the heads off of praying mantids; the mantids lived for a week, and we able to 
walk forward, even without their heads. He concluded that they have an 
underlying motor pattern, a circuit of neurons that is constantly firing. How 
would this work? Specifically, how would the way neurons work, communicate with 
one another, and control muscle movement make this poss

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