Functional Plasticity in Somatosensory Cortex Supports Motor Learning by Observing

@article{McGregor2016FunctionalPI,
  title={Functional Plasticity in Somatosensory Cortex Supports Motor Learning by Observing},
  author={Heather R. McGregor and Joshua G. A. Cashaback and Paul L. Gribble},
  journal={Current Biology},
  year={2016},
  volume={26},
  pages={921-927}
}
An influential idea in neuroscience is that the sensory-motor system is activated when observing the actions of others [1, 2]. This idea has recently been extended to motor learning, in which observation results in sensory-motor plasticity and behavioral changes in both motor and somatosensory domains [3-9]. However, it is unclear how the brain maps visual information onto motor circuits for learning. Here we test the idea that the somatosensory system, and specifically primary somatosensory… CONTINUE READING
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