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  • thumbnail of 2018 ClassenJoseph Classen, Pr.

    University of Leipzig, Germany

    title: The short end and the long end of storing a motor skill.

    video25-75927Video of the event (restricted to Paris descartes members).

    Neuroscience Seminar Series:
    Friday, April 13th, 2018, 11:30 am, Salle des conférences (3rd Floor), Centre Universitaire des Saints-Pères, 45 rue des Saints-Pères, 75006 Paris


    Focusing on evidence using brain stimulation techniques, Joseph Classen
    will review how motor skills are acquired and stored over time. Motor training, resulting
    in immediate performance gains, and consolidation, the process of rendering motor skills
    resistant against perturbation can be differently affected by age and differently
    modulated by brain stimulation techniques. Motor synergies may constitute structures
    allowing for the efficient generation of flexible movements. They may also be viewed as
    devices for the storage of skills acquired over long periods (years) of training. Recent
    evidence suggests that motor synergies are formed bottom up, by the practice of
    movements, According to this idea, synapses whose activity constitutes the common
    building instruction of a movement repertoire may survive a ? Darwinian? process allowing
    transition to late-phase potentiation. As the functional architecture of motor skill
    acquisition begins to unfold, the challenge will be to translate the knowledge into novel
    therapeutic strategies for treatment of neurological patients.

    Those interested in meeting with the speaker please contact

    Marc Maier