Neural Correlates of Motor Adaptation

We are interested in understanding the neural processes that underlie motor adaptation, a form of motor learning that is critical to performing stable, efficient movements in variable conditions.
In our research, we use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in conjunction with MR-compatible robotics to localize the neural networks responsible for motor adaptation. Our fMRI compatible wrist robot, the MR-SoftWrist, allows us to study adaptation to forceful perturbations during a wrist pointing task that can be executed without causing fMRI image degradation.Our work focuses on characterizing the adaptive behavior of the wrist in two degree of freedom tasks, and using task-based and resting state fMRI to identifying the brain regions responsible for active adaptation processes and the formation of motor memories following motor adaptation.

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