Human Motor Control: Structures, Skills and Movement Decisions

Carsten Mehring

Bernstein Centre Freiburg & Institute of Biology III, University of Freiburg

Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 11:00 - 12:00

Room 01-012, Georges-Köhler-Allee 102, Freiburg 79110, Germany

The only way we can interact with the world is through movement: be it by using tools, speaking or walking. The human motor system is capable of learning a seemingly infinite amount of movement skills, surpassing such abilities of any man-made robot. The computational and neuronal mechanisms of human dexterity and adaptation abilities remain elusive. In this presentation I will discuss recent advances we have made to improve our understanding of human motor control and learning. To this end we combine behavioural, neuroimaging and brain stimulation experiments in humans with quantitative modeling on different levels of abstraction.