Motor control

Motor control is the regulation of movement in organisms that possess a nervous system. Motor control includes reflexes[1] as well as directed movement.

To control movement, the nervous system must integrate multimodal sensory information (both from the external world as well as proprioception) and elicit the necessary signals to recruit muscles to carry out a goal. This pathway spans many disciplines, including multisensory integration, signal processing, coordination, biomechanics, and cognition,[2][3] and the computational challenges are often discussed under the term sensorimotor control.[4] Successful motor control is crucial to interacting with the world to carry out goals as well as for posture, balance, and stability.

Some researchers (mostly neuroscientists studying movement, such as Daniel Wolpert and Randy Flanagan) argue that motor control is the reason brains exist at all.[5]

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