My research involves basic scientific studies of sensory and motor systems. The primary goal is to increase our understanding of the organization of the nervous system.
We study how the brain controls voluntary movement, and how neuroplasticity in sensory and motor brain areas supports motor skill learning. We conduct empirical studies using neurophysiological techniques in humans such as fMRI, TMS, EEG and EMG, and behavioural approaches using robotic devices to create artificial mechanical environments. We also conduct theoretical studies using computational models and computer simulations to test hypotheses about motor control, neuroplasticity and motor learning.
Research on how the nervous system is organized for motor skill learning is important not only for our basic scientific understanding of the brain but also could have an impact in applied domains including robotics and brain-machine interfaces. Basic research into the brain could also have an impact in clinical settings like stroke rehabilitation, in which a greater understanding of motor learning may aid in the development of novel treatment approaches.
Natural Sciences Centre
Professor Paul Gribble