Research project Sensory information is required for the control of the simplest of movements. One sensor of particular importance for movement control is the muscle spindles. Its exact role is still unknown but is investigated in this project.
Muscle spindles are found in a large number in practically all human skeletal muscles. They are known to elicit the so-called short-latency stretch reflex and there are good reasons to believe they are important for our position sense. But if the short-latency stretch reflex is important for stabilizing muscles it is surprisingly weak and our position sense is certainly not exclusively dependent on inputs from the muscle spindles. In this project several alternative hypotheses are investigated: that they inform the brain about future muscle states, that they assist in identifying the mechanical properties of unexpected loads, and that they convey time critical information about ongoing movements.
Finansår , 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
huvudman: Edin, finansiar: VR, y2006: 270, y2007: 270, y2008: 270, y2009: 400, y2010: 400, y2011: 400,