Visiting Colloquium Professors - 2011

March 24th 2011

Picture of Amy Bastian, Ph.D.

Amy Bastian, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Neuroscience
Johns Hopkins University

Understanding and Optimizing Human Motor Learning

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: Why adapt? How well retained and general is this type of learning? What are the affects of focal brain damage? And do children learn 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.