We are pleased to invite curious minds to participate in the Motor Control & Brain Plasticity Virtual Journal Club. The sessions will happen bi-weekly on Thursdays at 12PM CST beginning 12/10/20 through 05/20/21, with a break during holidays.
Topic: Whether building something means you understand it
Abstract: What are the relative epistemic merits of building prosthetic models versus building nonprosthetic models and simulations? I argue that prosthetic models provide a sufficient test of affordance validity, that is, of whether the target system affords mechanisms that can be commandeered by a prosthesis. In other respects, prosthetic models
are epistemically on par with nonprosthetic models… full chapter
There will be 12 virtual sessions with key speakers in the following topics: epistemology of science, stroke recovery and brain reorganization, insights from fMRI about motor function, OPTIMAL theory of motor learning, novel biomarker of movement quality, synergies during task switching, spasticity and motor control, learning effects of non-invasive brain stimulation, EEG neuroimaging and neuromodulation, and visuomotor coordination. The general format of the sessions consists of a space to critically discuss the selected reading after a short talk to engage discussion.