Neural basis of rhythmic behavior in animals

Science  31 Oct 1980:
Vol. 210, Issue 4469, pp. 492-498
DOI: 10.1126/science.7423199


Timing of the repetitive movements that constitute any rhythmic behavior is regulated by intrinsic properties of the central nervous system rather than by sensory feedback from moving parts of the body. Evidence of this permits resolution of the long-standing controversy over the neural basis of rhythmic behavior and aids in the identification of this mechanism as a general principle of neural organization applicable to all animals with central nervous systems.

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