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Understanding and optimizing human motor learning

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The host for this talk is Professor Daniel Wolpert, Engineering Dept.

Motor learning can occur on many timescales—- from minutes to hours to years. Here I will discuss a form of short timescale motor learning called adaptation. I will discuss 4 questions related to walking adaptation: Why adapt? How well retained and general is this type of learning? What are the affects of focal brain damage? And do children adapt differently than adults? I will argue that an understanding of the processes is essential for neurorehabilitation and will discuss the transition from short time scale adaptation to more permanent learning.

This talk is part of the Craik Club series.

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