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Reciprocal Inhibition

  1. W. Otto Friesen

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0781

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Friesen, W. O. 2010. Reciprocal Inhibition. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. University of Virginia

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


The central nervous system (CNS), together with peripheral sensory inputs, provides the basis of all animal movements. It has long been recognized that the CNS is primarily responsible for generating the motor neuron firing patterns that underlie repetitive movements, that is, those that have a rhythmic expression (Delcomyn, 1980). A central aim of neuroethology is to identify the neuronal circuits underlying these rhythmic behaviors and to understand how the rhythmic motor patterns arise from neuronal interactions and nerve cell properties (Marder & Calabrese, 1996).


  • central nervous system;
  • neuronal activity;
  • neuroscience;
  • reciprocal inhibition