Neural Control of Rhythmic Human Movement: The Common Core Hypothesis


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Abstract

Rhythmic motor patterns are ubiquitous in the animal kingdom. Walking, cycling, and swimming are examples of rhythmic locomotor tasks that humans perform routinely. This paper outlines the common core hypothesis that rhythmic motor patterns in human locomotion share common central neural control mechanisms. This is subserved by presumed central pattern generators that regulate arm and leg movements during locomotion.

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