Temporal and spatial characteristics of vibrissa responses to motor commands (Simony et al. 2010)

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"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."
1 . 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]
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Model Type: Muscle model and vibrissa biomechanics;
Brain Region(s)/Organism:
Cell Type(s): Vibrissa motoneuron; Vibrissa motor plant;
Gap Junctions:
Simulation Environment: MATLAB;
Model Concept(s):
Implementer(s): Golomb, David [golomb at bgu.ac.il]; Simony, Erez [erez.simony at weizmann.ac.il];
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