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Investigation of Descending Motor Pathways in Man

  • J. C. Rothwell
  • T. C. Britton
  • P. Brown
  • B. L. Day
  • J. Fong
  • P. D. Thompson
  • K. Werhahn


The cerebral cortex, reticular formation, and vestibular nuclei all send descending motor fibres to the spinal cord. However, with the exception of the corticospinal tract, there is remarkably little information on the function of these individual systems, especially in man. Recently, several new techniques have appeared which make it possible to study some of these pathways in intact conscious subjects.


Motor Cortex Magnetic Stimulation Startle Response Cortical Stimulation Galvanic Vestibular Stimulation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. C. Rothwell
    • 1
  • T. C. Britton
    • 1
  • P. Brown
    • 1
  • B. L. Day
    • 1
  • J. Fong
    • 1
  • P. D. Thompson
    • 1
  • K. Werhahn
    • 1
  1. 1.MRC Human Movement & Balance UnitInstitute of NeurologyLondonEngland, UK

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