Institute of Neuroscience

Bilateral Organisation in the Motor System

Bilateral Organisation in the Motor System

Most of our everyday movements encompass both hands in some co-ordinated fashion, whether to unscrew the cap of a bottle, to drive a car or to tie our shoe laces.

The text-book dogma that the left side of the brain controls the right side of the body (and vice versa) is only partially true - it is becoming increasingly evident that movement related areas in the brain contribute to movement with either hands (to varying degrees).

The aim of the work is to understand:

  • how different areas on both sides of the brain (in cortex, brainstem and spinal cord) contribute to upper limb movements
  • the specific contributions of these areas (if any) to bimanual movements


This will help us understand how the brain controls everyday movements but could also have an impact on the rehabilitation of patients with motor damage such as stroke or spinal cord injury.

Newcastle University staff and students linked to the project:

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