Dexterous movement complexity and cerebellar activation: A meta-analysis

Raymond C.K. Chan, Jia Huang, Xin Di

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The importance of the cerebellum in coordinates of movement has been established by lesion studies. However, there is no clear understanding of whether there is consistent activation in cerebellum across various motor task complexities or how different parts of the cerebellum contribute to finger coordinates in dexterous manipulation. This article reviews imaging studies with data from healthy subjects. A mini meta-analysis using label-based and activation likelihood estimation (ALE) methods reveals that ipsilateral anterior and vermis regions of the cerebellum were consistently activated across various dexterous movement complexities and were associated with finger and hand movement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)316-323
Number of pages8
JournalBrain Research Reviews
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Neuroscience
  • Clinical Neurology


  • Cerebellum
  • Motor control
  • Task complexity


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