The brain processes motor commands, not just through fine muscle contractions, but also via higher-level motor areas that provide a blueprint for performing more complex motor functions, such as grasping, no matter if the toes or fingers are used.
Using virtual reality technology may allow people to regain motor control in damaged limbs, a new study reports.
Alterations in internal states can influence how behavior improves with learning.
Researchers report on how the brain is spurred into action by hearing certain words. They propose a new simulation theory that perceiving words can drive brain systems into states almost identical to what would be evoked by directly experiencing what the word describes.
Distinct, coordinated activity in large sets of neurons can predict the future behaviors of rats, a new study reports. Based on the findings, researchers have created a "dictionary" that links brain activity patterns to simple behavioral outcomes.