Redrawing the brain's motor map

Cecilia Prudente, graduate student in Neuroscience, and Neuroscience faculty members, Drs. Hyder Jinnah, Cathrin Buetefisch, Ellen Hess, Xiaoping Hu and Krish Sathian, recently published results in the Journal of Neuroscience that are expected to help in the study of cervical dystonia. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging, they have shown that the neck’s motor control region in the brain is between the shoulders and trunk (red arrow), a finding that resolves a puzzle dating from Penfield's landmark investigations in the 1940s and 1950s.

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