Using anesthetized adult rats, we studied the relationships between the activity of cells belonging to the external cuneate nucleus (ECN) and passive forelimb positions. In essence, we sought to distinguish between a representation of limb position based on local limb parameters (individual joint angles, for example) or a representation based on more global parameters such as the length and the orientation of the limb axis. Using multivariate regression analyses we found that most neurons showed strong linear relationships with the length and the orientation of the limb axis. Relationships to individual joint angles were, instead, rather weak and in most cases not significant. This result implies an extensive integration of sensory information at the level of second order sensory neurons.
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 29 1999|
- Forelimb position
- Sensorimotor integration
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