Author(s): Sakamoto T, Porter LL, Asanuma H
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Abstract A long-lasting increase in the efficiency of synaptic transmission in the central nervous system has been thought to be one of the bases of learning and memory. To explore the possibility that the motor cortex (area 4 gamma) itself is involved in motor learning, the existence of long-term potentiation (LTP) was examined by recording excitatory postsynaptic potentials (EPSPs) from motor cortical neurons. Short tetanic intracortical microstimulation (ICMS) of the somatic sensory cortex produced a marked potentiation of the EPSPs in a small group of motor cortical neurons. The results raised the possibility that the input from the sensory cortex participates in motor learning and retention of the learned motor skills.
This article was published in Brain Res
and referenced in Journal of Spine