The Head-Neck Sensory Motor System

The Head-Neck Sensory Motor System

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The head carries most of the sensory systems that enable us to function effectively in our three-dimensional habitat. Without adequate head movement control, efficient spatial orientation and motor responses to visual and auditory stimuli could not be carried out. This is the most comprehensive and up-to-date account of the control of vertebrate head movements and its biomechanical and neural basis. It covers the entire spectrum of research on head-neck movements, ranging from the global description and analysis of a particular behavior to its underlying mechanisms at the level of neurotransmitter release and membrane biophysics. Physiological and anatomical aspects are stressed. The role of head movements in upright stance and other functional contexts within the vertebrate hierarchy is juxtaposed with the mechanisms of orienting behavior in a number of invertebrates. This reveals a plethora of solutions among different animal species for the problem of orientation in three-dimensional space. Although head movement control in humans figures prominently in this volume, the anatomical-physiological comparisons show that the human system is not unique. The conference from which this volume originated surveyed current research and theory on motor control mechanisms in the head-neck sensory-motor system. It was held in Fontainbleau, France on July 17-24, 1989. The book provides a broad panorama of methodological and theoretical approaches to the field of head movement control.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 776 pages
  • 224 x 282 x 50mm | 2,680.77g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • numerous halftone and line illustrations, tables
  • 0195068203
  • 9780195068207

Table of contents

The Head-Neck System from an Anthropologic Viewpoint; Evolution of the Head-Neck Movement System; Comparative Aspects of the Head-Neck Movement System; Embryology and Ontogeny of the Head-Neck Movement System; Architecture of the Head-Neck Movement System - Bones and Muscles; Sensors of the Head-Neck Movement System; Neuronal Mechanisms of the Sensory Motor Transformations in the Head-Neck Movement System - Spinal Mechanisms, Vestibular Neurons, Collicular and Reticular Neurons, The Interstitial Nucleus of Cajal and Beyond; Synergies and Strategies of Head Movements and Gaze Control - Head Movement Control, Orienting and Stabilizing Eye and Head Movements; Head Movement During Posture, Locomotion, and Complex Movements; Disorders of the Head-Neck System - Vestibular Disorders, Neurologic Disorders.
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