An investigation of limb dynamics as a constraint on human motor learning [ 2003 - 2007 ]

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Researchers Dr SP Riek Prof JJ Summers

Brief description Everyday we use our limbs to interact with a variety of objects. These objects have various mechanical characteristics (dynamics), which require the human motor system to provide appropriate control. This project seeks to understand how the brain, in both normal and disease states, learns new limb dynamics as we interact with a novel mechanical environmental. Repetitive brain stimulation will be used to selectively block the contribution of various cortical regions during the learning of a new motor skill and later, the recall of that skill. This will allow us to determine definitively which areas are critical to motor skill acquisition.

Funding Amount $560,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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