Temporal and spatial characteristics of vibrissa responses to motor commands (Simony et al. 2010)

"A mechanistic description of the generation of whisker movements is essential for understanding the control of whisking and vibrissal active touch. We explore how facial-motoneuron spikes are translated, via an intrinsic muscle, to whisker movements. This is achieved by constructing, simulating, and analyzing a computational, biomechanical model of the motor plant, and by measuring spiking to movement transformations at small and large angles using high-precision whisker tracking in vivo. ... The model provides a direct translation from motoneuron spikes to whisker movements and can serve as a building block in closed-loop motor–sensory models of active touch."

Model Type: Muscle model and vibrissa biomechanics

Cell Type(s): Vibrissa motoneuron; Vibrissa motor plant

Simulation Environment: MATLAB

Implementer(s): Golomb, David [golomb at bgu.ac.il]; Simony, Erez [erez.simony at weizmann.ac.il]


Simony E et al. (2010). Temporal and spatial characteristics of vibrissa responses to motor commands. The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience. 30 [PubMed]

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