Movement

Image of a nerve bundle
It doesn’t take brainpower to react to sudden danger; just a bit of spine.
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Proprioception is your sense of your body’s position in space, and without it you wouldn’t be able to walk or scratch your nose with your eyes closed.
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  • 5 min
Motor neurons are the key connection between thought and motion.
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This webpage explains how the simple act of touching your nose isn't so simple at all! It goes through all the steps in the brain from the want to touch your nose to the contraction of your muscles to touch the nose.
  • The Brain From Top to Bottom
The researcher discusses the complexities of motor rehabilitation in people with stroke.
  • People Behind the Science
  • 24 min
Aiming for a moving target means compensating for your brain's own tardiness.
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Dopamine research is spurring the development of treatments for a range of disorders.
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Every movement you make, from jumping up and down to clicking on this article, is the result of a complex electrical circuit between your brain and your muscles.
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For movement to occur, nerve cells must connect with muscles during development.
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Using amazing new technologies, scientists are discovering that the basic movements in one tiny fish can teach us big ideas about how the brain's circuitry works.
  • National Science Foundation
  • 5 min
The highly connected region is active not only driving motor movements but also during cognitive tasks.
  • The Dana Foundation
Studying the nerve cells that connect the brain and muscles offers insight into neuromuscular diseases and motor learning.
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Think of a skill you have, something that took practice, but now feels easy. Perhaps it’s serving in tennis, or a new dance step, or juggling — something I used to be able to do.
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3D Brain

An interactive brain map that you can rotate in a three-dimensional space.