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Mechanisms of Dexterous Behavior

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Mechanisms of Dexterous Behavior

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May 13 - 16, 2018
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Dexterous behavior involves sensory processing, coordinate transformations, learning, planning, execution, and online corrections. The multitude of these underlying operations necessitates the involvement of diverse circuits within the brain. The neuronal basis for dexterous actions is being investigated in many model systems (including flies, rodents, monkeys, and humans) and with many experimental techniques (from single cell electrophysiology to whole brain imaging). 

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By assembling experts from around the world in the field of sensorimotor control and motor learning, this workshop aims to 1) highlight recent advances in sensorimotor behavior, neural circuits, and neuronal coding, 2) bridge the gap between research in different model systems by defining behavioral paradigms, sharing technical advances, and exploring different conceptual models, and 3) expose or highlight key outstanding questions in the field. We especially encourage applications from female scientists and those who identify with groups traditionally underrepresented in science.

Application deadline: January 5, 2018 (11:59 p.m. ET)


Adam HantmanJanelia Research Campus/HHMI
Andrew Pruszynski, Western University
Yi Zuo, University of California, Santa Cruz

Invited Participants

Eiman Azim, Salk Institite
Robert Brownstone, University College London
Mark Churchland, Columbia University
Jörn Diedrichsen, Western University
Nicholas Hatsopoulos, University of Chicago
John Krakauer, Johns Hopkins University
Claire McKellar, Janelia Research Campus/HHMI
Bence Ölveczky, Harvard University
Hansjörg Scherberger, German Primate Center
Maurice Smith, Harvard University
Daniel Wolpert, Columbia University