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About pmd-1

Description of dataset pmd-1 (premotor cortex 1).

Summary of the data

This data set includes extracellular recordings and behavior of macaque in experiments that examine the role of premotor cortex (PMd) and primary motor cortex (M1) in a sequential reaching task. In the experiment, the monkey controlled an on-screen cursor and was rewarded for moving that cursor to an indicated reach target, with multiple targets presented per trial. There were minimal kinematic requirements for the reaching movements (e.g., very brief hold times), meaning that the monkey typically made a relatively smooth series of reaches.  Behavioral variables recorded include position, velocity, and acceleration. Reach target locations and approximate presentation times are included. The electrophysiological recordings were collected with Utah multielectrode arrays from two monkeys, four sessions total.  There are tens of well-isolated units from both primary motor cortex (M1) and dorsal premotor cortex (PMd) for each session.  The following paper analyzes a subset of the data from these experiments:

Lawlor, P.N., Perich, M.G., Miller, L., Kording, K.P. Linear-Nonlinear-Time-Warp-Poisson models of neural activity.  J Comput Neurosci (2018).

Format of the data

The data are stored in Matlab files.  Total size of the data is about 385 MB.  Matlab scripts are included which make plots of data .  Details are given in the document linked-to from the bottom of this page.

Conditions for usage of this data in publications

If you publish any work using the data, please cite the Lawlor, et. al., publication above and also cite the data set using the following:

Matthew G. Perich, Patrick N. Lawlor, Konrad P. Kording, Lee E. Miller (2018); Extracellular neural recordings from macaque primary and dorsal premotor motor cortex during a sequential reaching task.

The above citation uses a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) which is assigned to the data set.  The DOI was created using DataCite ( and the California Digital Library, "EZID" system (

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