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Neural Mechanisms of Mandibular Control: Mastication and Voluntary Biting

Handbook of Physiology, The Nervous System, Motor Control

  1. Erich S. Luschei1,
  2. Louis J. Goldberg2

Published Online: 1 JAN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/cphy.cp010227

Comprehensive Physiology

Comprehensive Physiology

How to Cite

Luschei, E. S. and Goldberg, L. J. 2011. Neural Mechanisms of Mandibular Control: Mastication and Voluntary Biting. Comprehensive Physiology. 1237–1274.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Departments of Physiology and Biophysics and of Orthodontics, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

  2. 2

    Department of Oral Biology, School of Dentistry, Department of Anatomy, School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, California

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 JAN 2011


The sections in this article are:

  • 1
    General Features of Mandibular Motor System
    • 1.1
      Muscles of Mandible
    • 1.2
      Summary Neuroanatomy of Masticatory System
  • 2
    • 2.1
      Characteristics of Normal Mastication
    • 2.2
      Reflexes Possibly Involved with Chewing
    • 2.3
      Evidence Concerning Contribution of Jaw Reflexes to Mastication
    • 2.4
      Subcortical Mastication Pattern Generator
  • 3
    Initiation and Control of Mandibular Movements
    • 3.1
      Role of Sensorimotor Cortex in Mastication and Voluntary Jaw Movements
    • 3.2
      Peripheral Systems and Voluntary Isometric Jaw Muscle Contraction
    • 3.3
      Trigeminal Relationships in Cerebellum
  • 4
    Summary of General Conclusions