Control of Posture and Locomotion

  • R. B. Stein
  • K. G. Pearson
  • R. S. Smith
  • J. B. Redford

Part of the Advances in Behavioral Biology book series (ABBI, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Motor Units and Muscle Spindles

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. A. J. McComas, R. E. P. Sica, A. R. M. Upton, D. Longmire, M. R. Caccia
      Pages 55-72
    3. H. L. Atwood
      Pages 87-104
    4. R. S. Smith, G. Blinston, W. K. Ovalle
      Pages 105-117
    5. J. C. Houk, D. A. Harris, Z. Hasan
      Pages 147-163
    6. R. Granit
      Pages 165-169
    7. P. B. C. Matthews
      Pages 171-172
    8. J. A. Stephens, R. L. Gerlach, R. M. Reinking, D. G. Stuart
      Pages 179-185
    9. E. E. Fetz, D. V. Finocchio, M. A. Baker
      Pages 187-190
  3. Control of Posture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
    2. V. B. Brooks, J. D. Cooke, J. S. Thomas
      Pages 257-272
    3. M. Wiesendanger, J. J. Séguin, H. Künzle
      Pages 331-346
    4. R. Herman, T. Cook, B. Cozzens, W. Freedman
      Pages 363-388
    5. J. V. Basmajian
      Pages 389-391
    6. J. C. Houk
      Pages 393-396
    7. S. M. Padsha, R. B. Stein
      Pages 415-419
  4. Control of Locomotion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 427-427
    2. D. Kennedy
      Pages 429-436
    3. A. O. D. Willows, P. A. Getting, S. Thompson
      Pages 457-475
    4. W. H. Evoy, C. R. Fourtner
      Pages 477-493
    5. K. G. Pearson, C. R. Fourtner, R. K. Wong
      Pages 495-514
    6. S. Grillner
      Pages 515-535
    7. D. G. Stuart, T. P. Withey, M. C. Wetzel, G. E. Goslow Jr
      Pages 537-560
    8. G. Melvill Jones, D. G. D. Watt, S. Rossignol
      Pages 579-597
    9. J. V. Basmajian, R. Tuttle
      Pages 599-609

About this book


R. B. Stein Department of Physiology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada The impetus for this volume and the conference that gave rise to it was the feeling that studies on motor control had reached a turning point. In recent years, studies on motor units and muscle receptors have become increasingly detailed. Attempts to integrate these studies into quantitative models for the spinal control of posture have appeared and preliminary attempts have been made to include the most direct supraspinal pathways into these models (see for example the chapters by Nashner and Melvill Jones et al. in this volume). Thus, we felt that the time was ripe to summarize these developments in a way which might be useful not only to basic medical scientists, but also to clinicians dealing with disorders of motor control, and to bioengineers attempting to build devices to assist or replace normal control. Over the past few years, computer methods have also made possible increasingly detailed studies of mammalian locomotion, and improved physiological and pharmacological studies have appeared. There seems to be almost universal agreement now that the patterns for locomotion are generated in the spinal cord, and that they can be generated with little, if any, phasic sensory information (see chapters by Grillner and Miller et al. ). This concludes a long controversy on whether chains of reflexes or central circuits generate stepping patterns. The nature of the pattern generators in mammals remains obscure, but invertebrate studies on locomotion have recently made striking advances.


computer development feeling muscle pharmacology physiology spinal cord

Editors and affiliations

  • R. B. Stein
    • 1
  • K. G. Pearson
    • 1
  • R. S. Smith
    • 1
  • J. B. Redford
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Alberta and University of Alberta HospitalEdmontonCanada

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1973
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-4549-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4613-4547-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0099-6246
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