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Neural Control of Walking and Running

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Different gaits employed by animals and how the nervous system is able to switch between them.

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Most people take walking for granted and do it without thinking. But walking is actually a complex activity. The brain sends commands to the spinal cord, which in turn activates particular muscles in each leg with the correct timing and strength.

Also featured on the HHMI DVD, Making Your Mind: Molecules, Motion, and Memory, available free from HHMI.

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