Back in 2017, I embarked on yet another digital adventure, creating another website. The excitement was palpable, each pixel and piece of content meticulously crafted. I was proud and couldn’t wait to show it to people. But there was an underlying doubt, a silent question that lingered: Was it any good? Will people tell me the truth when I ask them?
In our study, we found our brains learn new movements in multiple ways. Using a special device, we sent harmless magnetic pulses to participants’ brains. We found one brain response related to quick learning and forgetting, and another to slow learning but long-term remembering, just like learning a new sport.
This is my PhD Thesis, which consists of 4 chapters and each of them investigating different aspects of mechanisms of motor memories.
Every day, we make a ton of different movements, from easy tasks like picking up a cup of coffee, to more complex ones like riding a bike. The amazing thing is, we do all these movements automatically, without even really thinking about it.
In our everyday life, we’re constantly adjusting our movements to deal with different situations. It’s a bit like having an inner map for each type of movement we need to make. And we’re constantly creating new maps or updating old ones based on what our senses are telling us.
Imagine you’re trying to walk in a straight line while the wind is pushing you sideways. After a while, you learn how to adjust your steps to compensate for the wind so you can walk straight. Now, what if the wind suddenly changes direction? You’d have to adjust your steps all over again, right? Our bodies are pretty amazing because they can learn to adapt to these changes. We rely on signals or cues from our senses to do this.
Developmental changes in natural viewing behavior: bottom-up and top-down differences between children, young adults and older adults
This study looks at how people of different ages focus on certain parts of an image, a process known as fixation selection. This is often guided by “bottom-up” processes, which are driven by basic features like color and brightness, and “top-down” processes, which are more about our intentions and what we’re trying to achieve.