Massion, Jean Laboratoire de Neurobiologie et Mouvements, Centre de Recherche en Neurosciences Cognitives, Marseille, France.
Last reviewed:January 2021
- Maintenance of equilibrium
- Sensory control
- Gravity reception
- Stretch receptors
- Organization of posture
- Internal representation
- Central organization
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A lifeless object is said to be in equilibrium, or in a state of balance, when all forces acting upon it cancel. The result is a state of rest. In an actively moving animal, internal as well as external forces have to be considered, and the maintenance of a balanced attitude in a body consisting of a number of parts that are loosely connected by movable joints is complex.
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