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Thursday September 30th, 2021 from 14:30 to 15:30

Location: Auditoire Euler, UCLouvain, Louvain-la-Neuve


   by Fabrice SARLEGNA


  • Institut des Sciences du mouvement, CNRS et Aix-Marseille Université





Sensorimotor control of movement, posture and force in Human: Insights from deafferented patients’ strategies

Movement is key in life. Correct execution of movement allows us to reach what is desired, the targeted object for instance. This translates in incredible performances, and substantial incomes, for professional athletes, as seen in soccer competitions and the Olympics.  
In this talk, I will present evidence of the importance of somatosensory signals for motor control and learning, based on observations of rare individuals with a massive yet specific somatosensory loss. Such loss resulted from a severe sensory neuropathy. I will then present studies of short-term adaptation to a new limb dynamics. The fact that patients deprived of somatosensory feedback can use vision to adapt as well as healthy individuals highlights the ability of the nervous system to use error signals from a single sensory modality to fine tune motor commands on a trial-by-trial basis.



last update: September, 2021
Author:  Philippe LEFEVRE