The neural fingerprints of the missing hand
Thursday 22 November – 4pm at the Sherrington Library, DPAG/Sherrington Bldg
The Cortex Club proudly presents Associate Prof Dr Tamar Makin from University College London, who will be talking to us brain reorganisation after limb amputation. Please join us on November 22nd at the Sherrington Library, located in the Sherrington Building of the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics.
Dr Tamar Makin has kindly agreed to meet students and staff individually. If you would like to arrange a meeting please contact Paula Kaanders (paula.kaanders -at- wadham.ox.ac.uk).
To join us at the pub after the talk please register at https://goo.gl/forms/FgicG7m3kBrmvhUd2
Following arm-amputation, brain areas that previously operated the hand will be freed-up, and could potentially be “recruited” to work for other body parts (brain reorganisation). I will present recent results and ideas about how the brain undergoes reorganisation due to hand loss and the need to pick up alternative behavioural strategies. I will explore the neural correlates of a range of alternative hand functions, including extraordinarily dexterous foot usage, artificial limbs and supernumerary robotic fingers. Based on these findings I will challenge some of the basic textbook assumptions about the triggers and barriers of brain reorganisation, and suggest an alternative framework.