ELSC Special Seminar: Alexander Kraskov - Dec. 20th, 2017 at 16:00

December 20, 2017

 You are cordially invited to the lecture given by:


Dr. Alexander Kraskov 

UCL Institute of Neurology


On the topic of: 

Cortical and subcortical activity during action observation: single neuron and local field potential studies in the macaque monkey. 


The lecture will be held on Wednesday December 20, at 16:00

at ELSC, Silberman Bldg., 3rd Wing, 6th Floor,

 Edmond J. Safra Campus


Light refreshments at 15:45


Voluntary control of limb movement is a complex process involving interaction of cortical and subcortical brain areas with the spinal sensorimotor circuitry. The primary motor cortex (M1) and corticospinal tract undoubtedly play a major role in the control of skilled hand movements, but recent findings show that even primary motor cortex corticospinal output neurons can be modulated just by observation of an action, without any sign of movement on the part of the observer. How can these outputs be active without movement? It challenges our understanding of how movements are generated and prompts research to identify internal and external signals that distinguish movement execution from action observation.

In my talk I will discuss recent results from my lab about cortical and cortical and subcortical activity during action observation. I will present single neuron and local field potential (LFP) studies in macaque monkeys aiming at characterisation of action observation activity and it's relationship to action execution activity.