The Intelligent Movement Machine
An Ethological Perspective on the Primate Motor System
By (author) Michael Graziano
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Intelligent Movement Machine by Michael Graziano
Book DescriptionIn The Intelligent Movement Machine: An Ethological Perspective on the Primate Motor System, Michael Graziano offers a fundamentally new theory of motor cortex organization: the rendering of the movement repertoire onto the cortex. The action repertoire of an animal is highly dimensional, whereas the cortical sheet is two-dimensional. Rendering the action space onto the cortex therefore results in a complex pattern, explaining the otherwise inexplicable details of the motor cortex organization. This clearly written book book includes a complete history of motor cortex research from its discovery to the present, a discussion of the major issues in motor cortex research, and an account of recent experiments that led to Graziano's "action map" view. Though focused on the motor cortex, the book includes a range of topics from an explanation of how primates put food in their mouths, to the origins of social beahvior such as smiling and laughing, to the mysterious link between movement disorders and autism. This book is written for a general audience, and should be of interest to experts, students, and the scientific lay.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195326703
(242mm x 160mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 29-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Michael Graziano
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Princeton neuroscientist Michael Graziano lays out an audacious new theory to account for the mystery of consciousness. Suitable for general readers and scientific researchers alike, Graziano's book explores the science, philosophy, and implications of linking consciousness with social intelligence.
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