Summary: Theory in motion
Eve Marder and LF Abbott
Brandeis University, Waltham, USA
Modeling studies are now a significant part of mainstream research in motor
control. Novel and classical modeling techniques used in recent work on
small and large motor systems illustrate the different roles that models play in
furthering our understanding of motor systems. The models presented reveal
single neuron short-term memory, unexpected effects of reciprocal inhibition
and methods for decoding activity in large populations of neurons.
Current Opinion in Neurobiology 1995, 5:832-840
Theoretical methods, including Inathematical nnaiyses
and computer simulations, have been used to illuminate
numerous problems in motor control [l-3,3']. The use
of theory so pervades modern work in this field that it
is impossible to do justice to its scope in a brief review.
Theoretical work is best discussed in the context of
the neurobiological problem it is meant to illuminate.
Indeed, it is now conmlorl to see computational
models of all kinds embedded within papers describing