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Patients Missing One Brain Hemisphere Show Surprisingly Intact Neural Connections

November 20, 2019

In the most extreme cases of epilepsy, when a patient’s seizures are relentless and do not respond to…
Poor Motor Skills Predict Long-Term Language Impairments For Children with Autism

September 11, 2019

Fine motor skills – used for eating, writing and buttoning clothing – may be a strong predictor for…
New program uses music to treat mental and physical issues

August 21, 2019

Until research studied the matter, the idea that music could be therapeutic was just that. An idea. Now…
Wearable motion detectors identify subtle motor deficits in children

April 30, 2019

A wristwatch-like motion-tracking device can detect movement problems in children whose impairments may be overlooked by doctors and…
Songbird data yields new theory for learning sensorimotor skills

October 8, 2018

Songbirds learn to sing in a way similar to how humans learn to speak — by listening to…
Making a Move: Surprising new insights about upper limb movements

September 7, 2018

For more than a century, researchers have attempted to identify the fundamental building blocks of complex movements humans…
Virtual reality will soon be able to go underwater

August 17, 2018

Virtual Reality (VR) technology is in high demand right now and new applications are popping up all the…
15-minutes of exercise creates optimal brain state for mastering new motor skills

July 12, 2018

If you want to learn to walk a tightrope, it’s a good idea to go for a short…
Imagined and real movements are controlled by the brain in the same way

April 30, 2018

“Mental training is very beneficial if you want to improve your motor performance – this is something elite…
Is the high today gone tomorrow? Study to explore how long cannabis impairment lasts

January 31, 2018

A new study aims to clear the haze around cannabis impairment, gauging which cognitive functions are most affected…
AI to Train Masons and Builders in Expert Movement Patterns

December 27, 2017

Like many other professions which depend on the repetition of complex motor patterns, masonry and construction often lead…
Deep Sleep Reinforces the Learning of New Motor Skills

August 11, 2017

The benefits of a good night’s sleep have become widely known, and now neuroscientists at UC San Francisco…
Learning with music stimulates the brain, says a new study

July 8, 2017

Learning new skills is very satisfying, but the process can be very challenging. Doing manual tasks when you…
New Virtual Reality Technology May Improve Motor Skills in Damaged Limbs

December 16, 2016

A combination of traditional physical therapy and technology may improve the motor skills and mobility of an impaired…
Team succeeds in artificial manipulation of human motor memories

September 26, 2016

University of Tokyo researchers have demonstrated that motor memories tied to specific motor skills are formed according to…
Touchscreens may improve motor skills in toddlers

September 17, 2016

A new study by researchers from King’s College London and Birkbeck, University of London, has found that toddlers…
The Cost of Efficiency

July 13, 2016

When children learn how to tie their shoelaces, they do so in discrete steps — making a loop…
‘Walk-DMC’ aims to improve surgery outcomes for children with cerebral palsy

April 28, 2016

Children with cerebral palsy frequently undergo invasive surgeries — lengthening tendons, rotating bones, transferring muscles to new locations…
Video game research shows promise for autism

January 22, 2016

At the age of 9, Xavier Hansen already has it figured out. Someday, he is going to be…
A Coordinated Effort of Physical Movement

June 4, 2015

In all animals — from humans to fruit flies — coordinated physical movement relies on two regimes of…
Researchers improve efficiency of human walking

April 2, 2015

Humans have evolved to be incredibly efficient at walking. In fact, simulations of human locomotion show that walking…
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