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E. Carvell, PhD, PT
University of Pittsburgh
HUMAN CEREBRAL CORTICAL
CONTRIBUTIONS TO BEHAVIOR © *
Through extensive intrinsic and extrinsic connections, the
human cerebral cortex extends our sensorimotor repertoire to include:
- the ability to move body parts independently and to localize motor actions to a limited set of appropriate
AGILITY, ACCURACY, AND ADAPTABILITY TO GOAL- DIRECTED MOTOR BEHAVIOR.
MOTOR LEARNING AND ENHANCED MOTOR PERFORMANCE IN SKILLED TASKS.
TO DEFINE AND TO REFINE THE PERCEPTIONS OF as well as THE MANIPULATIONS OF OUR ENVIRONMENT
- by superb manual dexterity & eye-hand coordination for use of tools and instruments of human creativity
- by improved control of communication skills and skilled expressions of one's being: e.g., reading, writing, drawing, painting, sculpting, dancing, sports, music, computations and other expressions of abstract reasoning and thought.
CREATION AND TRANSFORMATION OF OUR IDEAS, THOUGHTS, AND WILL INTO IMMEDIATE OR DELAYED ACTIONS AS APPROPRIATE FOR THE SITUATION; this requires planning, programming, and judgment for the generation & regulation of goal-directed purposive
* Copyright GEC
1990 (revised 2000)