Movement Planning and Control
The motor areas of the brain enable us to act on the information that was perceived and processed. Scientists at the "Movement Planning and Control" laboratories focus on basic questions such as: How is visual information translated for use by the motor system? How do motor neurons learn new patterns of movement? How and where are learned movements stored in motor memory? A special avenue of research is the development of Brain Machine Interfaces, the control of artificial, robotic limbs through a brain interface.
Technological and scientific advances have made it possible to construe robotic limbs which are controlled by commands from the brain's motor cortex, giving people with paralyzed or amputated limbs hope for the restoration of their quality of life. New insights into the workings of the motor cortex are necessary to enable us to create an increasingly seamless bond between the artificial limbs and the human brain. The brain research labs at the Hebrew University continue to play a pioneering role in this exciting field.
At ELSC, innovative research methods are combined with advanced knowledge on the workings of individual neurons to provide insights into the workings of the motor system. This research will eventually make it possible to turn tomorrow's dream of a seamless interaction between the human brain and artificial limbs into today's reality.