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E. Carvell, PhD, PT
University of Pittsburgh
NERVOUS SYSTEM ORGANIZATION: THEORIES, THEORIES, THEORIES
How does the
brain orchestrate the myriad of instruments (neurons & muscles) required to
play a piece as beautiful to the senses as a Michael Jordan
dunk? Many neuroscientists that study motor control would love to have a definitive answer,
but as yet there are only hypotheses to be tested, a challenge as engaging to them as a
40 foot putt is to a golfer.
Jackson Portrait IN: F.E. Bloom and A. Lazerson, Brain, Mind, and Behavior New York : W.H. Freeman & Co, p 311, 1988.
‘One Way, Top-Down’ Hierarchy
Jackson is often considered to be the ‘father’ of Neurology
Late 19th - Early 20th Century Concepts
V.B. Brooks’ 20th Century Horizontal Hierarchy
(note ultimate authority: limbic system)
‘FILL MY NEEDS’
‘TAKE THIS ROUTE’
‘DO IT THIS WAY NOW’
‘JUST DO IT ’
‘DOING IT ’
fig 2.4, p 25)
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