Neural representations of intended movement

Christopher A. Buneo, Preyaporn Phataraphruk, Paul VanGilder

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Intention is a mental state that reflects a desire to produce action. In sensorimotor neurophysiology, intention is largely synonymous with movement planning. Studies of animals engaged in movement planning, as well experiments involving human patients piloting brain-computer interfaces, have greatly increased our understanding of intention-related brain activity. In some brain areas this activity appears to clearly represent features of impending movements, e.g. movement goals and/or the motion parameters that will achieve those goals. In other areas, activity appears consistent with a dynamical process that ultimately produces movement-related activity but may or may not represent movement parameters per se.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Curated Reference Collection in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology
PublisherElsevier Science Ltd.
ISBN (Electronic)9780128093245
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Coordinate transformations
  • Cortical circuits
  • Dynamical systems
  • Grasping
  • Movement planning
  • Movement preparation reaching
  • Parietal cortex
  • Premotor cortex
  • Reference frames

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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