Latest Motor system Stories
Thank goodness for your spinal cord on icy treks! In a recent study, professor Martyn Goulding and his colleagues explain that when we need to keep our balance on slick surfaces such as ice, there is a cluster of neurons in our spinal cords, which serve as a sort of “mini-brain.”
Only if the timing, dosage and kind of rehabilitation are right can motor functions make an almost full recovery after a large stroke.
The entire process of eating is a basic biological task. The tongue and jaw perform a well-choreographed ballet where the tongue positions your food for the teeth and recedes to its ready position just in time for the jaw to close down onto it.
Scientists at the Salk Institute have discovered the developmental source for a key type of neuron that allows animals to walk, a finding that could help pave the way for new therapies for spinal cord injuries or other motor impairments related to disease.
Imagine you cannot move your eyes up, and you cannot lift your upper eyelid. You walk through life with your head tilted upward so that your eyes look straight when they are rolled down in the eye socket.
A new way to artificially control muscles using light, with the potential to restore function to muscles paralyzed by conditions such as motor neuron disease and spinal cord injury, has been developed by scientists at UCL and King’s College London.
When you learn how to play the piano, first you have to learn notes, scales and chords and only then will you be able to play a piece of music.
We might have more in common with a lamprey than we think.
Suppressing the enzyme fidgetin promotes the re-growth of experimentally injured nerve cells and their connections.
Synaptosomal-associated protein-25 is an important factor for synaptic functions and cognition.