June 27, 2014, Paris Descartes University
Sponsored by the INC
Infant stepping: a window into the pattern generator for walking or a more complex supra spinal activity?
The aim of this workshop is to bring together international researchers who specialize in infant stepping todebate the different models proposed to explain the control of early infant locomotion. On one side, there is a strong belief that human infants are particularly good subjects for the study of the pattern generator for walking, with infant stepping describe
d as a highly organized pattern under the exclusive control of spinal inputs. On the other side, a growing number of studies challenge this idea as infant stepping kinematics and EMG patterns are highly variable and as newborns were recently shown to adapt their steps to visual supra spinal inputs.
Organizers:Marianne Barbu-Roth, Paris Descartes University, France
David Anderson, San Francisco State University, USA
For more information, please contact Marianne Barbu-Roth