Spinal stretch reflexes help to control hand position
Spinal cord can perform complicated tasks, independent from the brain - neuroscience short news

The spinal cord can control complex functions, and not only the brain is able to doing so, new research indicates.

While the spinal cord has always been conceived as a highway of passing information back and forth between the brain and the body, it can control complex tasks such as maintaining the position and orientation of the hand.

This finding was made possible by the use of specialized robotic technology, and raises questions of what other smart things the spinal cord can do by itself, without instructions from the brain.

Read the full story: University of Western Ontario
Scientific publication: Nature Neuroscience