INTEGRATED LIST OF TOPICS

 

Stand Up and be Human: Evolution of Movement as the Basis of Cognition

Motor origins of language and memory. Role of bipedalism in human cognition. From sensorimotor integration to cognitive development. Timing, the critical component to motor binding and ultimately cognitive binding, Primitive reflexes, postural reflexes, socialization and cognition.  Primitive reflexes are remnants of phylogenetic movement patterns and are critical to cognitive development. Synchronization, coordination and integration of networks are directly related to motor development and synchronized movement.

 

The Michelangelo of Movement

Functional and anatomical architecture of motor action.

 

Development of Cognitive-Motor Interaction

Integration of primitive reflexes to create motor patterns for higher cognitive functions and socio-cultural activity.

 

Flux: Motor Learning and Brain and Association Reorganization

Plasticity of the sensorimotor systems. Neuromodulation to facilitate motor learning. Skill transfer, from robotic assisted therapy to functional recovery. Transfer of training.

 

The World in which We Live: Environmental Influences on Cognitive Motor Function

Functional Neurology, Functional Immunology, Functional Foods, Neurofeedback, External influences on motor and cognitive function.

 

Movement in Social Engagement

From timing to synchronization to socialization; Embodiment and empathy;

 

Computational Neuroscience in Sport and Motor Control Research

Coaching of motor tasks in Augmented (Virtual) Reality . Robotics simulation of motor action.
Architecture of motor action. Motor expertise and the optimization of the elite athlete.

 

Measuring Movement

EEG, TMS, fMRI, DTI to study the sensorimotor motor-cognitive networks, motor brain dynamics,

Computational models of action selection and motor learning.

 

Re-habilitation as Re-Integration: Motor-Cognitive Interactions

Reintegrating Movement and Cognition after injury, functional neurosurgery, DBS, lesions

Movement disorders and cognitive disabilities; Rehabilitation methods and results; Movement and Neuroplasticity.

 

The Dancing Brain:

Creativity in movement; Dance related interventions.