Neural Mechanisms of Human Walking

Submission deadline: 30 June 2024
Special Issue Editor
  • Charles Capaday
    Department of Bioengineering, McGill University, Montreal, PQ, Canada; Department of Health and Human Physiology, University of Iowa, Iowa, IA, USA
    Interests: neuroscience; cognitive neuroscience; neurobiology
Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

I have been asked by the journal to edit a special issue on the neural mechanisms of human walking. Human walking involves more than just placing one foot after the other on the ground. The body must remain balanced, and for most of the time, it is balanced on only one leg. This is the main difficulty of human walking and it requires the integrative action of many ascending and descending neural systems. The aim of this special issue is to gather a comprehensive body of knowledge describing our current understanding of the basic neural mechanisms underlying human walking. I am particularly interested in submissions of studies on vestibular contributions to the control of human walking, corticospinal control, cortical control of spinal circuits, and studies of spinal reflex modulations. Original studies as well as review articles will be considered. It may well be that I have missed important areas in this subject and, if so, submission of studies in these areas are very much welcome. Studies where kinematic analysis is the primary focus will not be considered.

Please write your manuscript in simple didactic language, with minimal jargon. Feel free to be critical of findings, hypotheses and points of view with which you disagree, as long as you have cogent reasons.

Dr. Charles Capaday
Guest Editor

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