Meeting-ID: 942 5301 7197
The ability to adapt motor commands to changing circumstances in the environment is essential to effectively interact with the world. This form of motor learning is required, for instance, when we use a new tool at work, walk on a slippery surface, or when we are faced with an injury affecting our motor system. Consequently, reduced sensorimotor adaptive capacity can influence motor functioning, independence, and rehabilitation outcomes. There is mixed evidence whether this form of motor learning declines with age, and it is not clear to what extent any deficit results from generalized impairments in neural plasticity, or more specific deficits in the processes that drive adaptation, such as in the detection and correction of errors. I use electroencephalography (EEG) to investigate the mechanisms underlying behavioral changes in motor control. I will present evidence from my previous research showing that conscious encoding of errors can facilitate adaptation and that visual attention can be modulated by changing the sensorimotor mapping of motor commands to visual targets. I will further outline a new research project that I am going to undertake as part of my Marie Skłodowska Curie (Eurotech) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at TUM.