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Seven principles for command and the neural causation of behavior.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3285955     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The concept of command is central to motor control theories and explanations for the initiation of behavior patterns. As currently conceived, command is a process of individual command neurons that receive sensory and other integrative information and trigger the expression of behavioral acts. We show that this concept is an inadequate framework in which to discover the neural mechanisms underlying the decision and execution processes that occur when an animal begins a behavioral act. We herein propose a new concept of command which is based on a suite of principles. In this concept, command is a dynamic system property intermediate to neurophysiological and behavioral contexts and independent of preconceived causal paradigms, methods, or structures. We visualize command within a neurobehavioral or neuroethological context. This provisional concept provides a way of thinking, and an approach for discovering the neural processes that underlie behavioral performance.
R DiDomenico; R C Eaton
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Brain, behavior and evolution     Volume:  31     ISSN:  0006-8977     ISO Abbreviation:  Brain Behav. Evol.     Publication Date:  1988  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1988-07-14     Completed Date:  1988-07-14     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0151620     Medline TA:  Brain Behav Evol     Country:  SWITZERLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  125-40     Citation Subset:  IM    
Behavioral Biology Group, Department of Biology (EPO), University of Colorado, Boulder.
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MeSH Terms
Behavior, Animal / physiology*
Brain / physiology*
Ethology / methods
Interneurons / physiology
Motor Activity / physiology
Neurology / methods
Neurons / physiology
Systems Theory
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