Role of Selected Lobules of the Cerebellum in the Control of Locomotion

  • Masao Udo
Part of the Wenner-Gren Center International Symposium Series book series (WGS)


It is remarkable that classical studies on the cerebellum which were based solely on the “destruction” gross-lesion approach yielded such meaningful and still appropriate answers to the question “what does the cerebellum do”? For example, from observation of locomotor disturbances arising from cerebellar lesions, Flourens (1824) concluded that an animal with a damaged cerebellum could still initiate and execute a movement, but only in a clumsy manner. He concluded that this clumsiness arose from difficulties in coordinating the contraction of numerous muscles and the movements of various bodily parts. Similarly, Holmes classical (1922a,b) description of cerebellar “signs” in human patients has remained essentially unmodified and, indeed, his work is difficult to extend upon, despite much substantial effort and much technical progress in the field of clinical neurophysiology (for review: Brooks and Thach, 1982).


Purkinje Cell Stance Phase Complex Spike Locomotor Control Cerebellar Lobule 
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