Rodent Study Finds Stable Neuronal Activity in Single Motor Neurons

The activity of motor neurons in rodents is stable throughout time, according to a study.

Despite the fact that many studies have been conducted to investigate the neural networks of the mammalian system, which allows mammals to move in a specific way, some questions still remain unanswered. One of these questions is about the way in which stable or recurring behaviors are maintained within the brain.

Some theories and findings from research suggest that the neural activity underpinning stable behaviors is very stable. Some, however, suggested that motor neuron activity could change over time despite similar behavior patterns.

Harvard University researchers have been attempting to resolve this long-standing controversy by studying the behavior and neuronal activity of rodents. The findings of the study, published in Nature Neuroscience suggest that single neurons’ activity in brain areas associated with physical behavior patterns and movement is very stable over time.