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Assessing sensory function in locomotor systems using neuro-mechanical simulations
Univ of Alberta.
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Computational Biology, CB.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2792-1622
Univ of Köln.
2006 (English)In: TINS - Trends in Neurosciences, ISSN 0166-2236, E-ISSN 1878-108X, Vol. 29, no 11, 625-631 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Computer simulations are being used increasingly to gain an understanding of the complex interactions between the neuronal, sensory, muscular and mechanical components of locomotor systems. Recent neuromechanical simulations of walking in humans, cats and insects, and of swimming in lampreys, have provided new information on the functional role of specific groups of sensory receptors in regulating locomotion. As we discuss in this review, these studies also make it clear that a full understanding of the neural and mechanical mechanisms that underlie locomotion can be achieved only by using simulations in parallel with physiological investigations. The widespread implementation of this approach would be enhanced by the development of freely available and easy-to-use software tools.

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2006. Vol. 29, no 11, 625-631 p.
Keyword [en]
human walking, stance phase, muscle coordination, dynamical simulations, sensorimotor control, pattern generation, extensor activity, insect walking, hip position, swing phase
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Bioinformatics (Computational Biology)
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-16147DOI: 10.1016/j.tins.2006.08.007ISI: 000242294400005ScopusID: 2-s2.0-33750189868OAI: diva2:334189
Available from: 2010-08-05 Created: 2010-08-05 Last updated: 2011-09-29Bibliographically approved

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