Referent control of action and perception: Challenging conventional theories in behavioral neuroscience

Springer, 18 . 2015 . - 244 .
Empirical data on neural control of motor action and perception have not yet been put into the context of a coherent theory. Dr. Feldman's goal for the proposed book is to illustrate that the field is now at a stage where the data can be used to formulate some core principles that underlie action and perception and to present the foundation of a scientific theory of motor control. Dr. Feldman is a well-known expert and has been active in the field for a long time. In the proposed book he will outline an approach to the analysis of action and perception that he and his colleagues have been using for the past 50 years or so. His theoretical approach will not only help to explain past empirical research, but should also help to inform and provide a structure for future empirical studies.

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Running Away fromKGB Informers toNeuroscience
Action andPerception intheContext ofPhysical Laws
Referent Control asaSpecific Form ofParametric Control ofActions Empirical Demonstrations
Physiological Origin andFeedForward Nature ofReferent Control
Different Forms ofReferent Control
Solutions toClassical Problems intheControl ofMotor Actions
Redundancy Problems
ActionPerception Coupling
Afterword Major Lessons andPerspectives



Dr. Anatol Feldman is one of the worlds foremost neuroscientists in the area of motor control. His work has had a strong and sustained influence in behavioral neuroscience since the 1960s when he published a unique theory of motor control, called the equilibrium-point hypothesis He has been a professor in the Department of Physiology (now Neuroscience) at the University of Montreal since 1990. After having been denied the right to travel out of the USSR for 25 years, he was granted permission to attend a neuroscience meeting as a distinguished Keynote Speaker in Ontario in 1988. He returned to Canada as a visiting professor at McGill University in 1989. In 1997, he joined the Centre de recherche en sciences neurologiques (CRSN) in the Department of Neuroscience at the Université de Montréal. His laboratories are affiliated with the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation of Greater Montreal (CRIR). He is the first recipient of the Nicolai Bernstein award from the International Society of Motor Control.