Cortical potentials related to voluntary, spontaneous and reflex blinking

P. Montagna, M. Zucconi

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Pre-movement cortical potentials related to spontaneous, reflex and voluntary blinks were studied in normal subjects. Blinks performed at will were found to be prefaced by a bilateral negative cortical potential, whereas spontaneous and reflex blinks were not. The data support the hypothesis that only volitional motor acts require a cortical participation; spontaneous and reflex blinking are probably organized only at a subcortical level.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)583-589
Number of pages7
JournalElectromyography and Clinical Neurophysiology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Clinical Neurology


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