"A mechanistic description of the generation of whisker movements is essential for understanding the control of whisking and vibrissal
active touch. We explore how facial-motoneuron spikes are translated, via an intrinsic muscle, to whisker movements. This is achieved by
constructing, simulating, and analyzing a computational, biomechanical model of the motor plant, and by measuring spiking to movement
transformations at small and large angles using high-precision whisker tracking in vivo.
The model provides a direct translation from motoneuron spikes to whisker movements
and can serve as a building block in closed-loop motor–sensory models of active touch."
Simony E, Bagdasarian K, Herfst L, Brecht M, Ahissar E, Golomb D (2010) Temporal and spatial characteristics of vibrissa responses to motor commands. J Neurosci 30:8935-52 [PubMed]