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Neural Plasticity
Volume 8, Issue 1-2, Pages 111-119

The Motor System: The Whole and its Parts

Department of Medical Physiology, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Copyright © 2001 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Our knowledge of components of the human motor system has been growing steadily, but our understanding of its integration into a system is lagging behind. It is suggested that a combination of measurements of forces and movements of the motor system in a functionally meaningful environment in conjunction with computer simulations of the motor system may help us in understanding motor system properties. Neurotrauma can be seen as a natural deviation, with recovery as a slow path to yet another deviant state of the motor system. In that form they may be useful in explaining the close interaction between form and function of the human motor system.