The Computational Neurobiology of Reaching and Pointing: A Foundation for Motor Learning

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An introduction to the computational biology of reaching and pointing, with an emphasis on motor learning.

Neuroscience involves the study of the nervous system, and its topics range from genetics to inferential reasoning. At its heart, however, lies a search for understanding how the environment affects the nervous system and how the nervous system, in turn, empowers us to interact with and alter our environment. This empowerment requires motor learning. The Computational Neurobiology of Reaching and Pointing addresses the neural mechanisms of one important form of motor learning. The authors integrate material from the computational, behavioral, and neural sciences of motor control that is not available in any other single source. The result is a unified, comprehensive model of reaching and pointing. The book is intended to be used as a text by graduate students in both neuroscience and bioengineering and as a reference source by experts in neuroscience, robotics, and other disciplines.

The book begins with an overview of the evolution, anatomy, and physiology of the motor system, including the mechanisms for generating force and maintaining limb stability. The sections that follow, "Computing Locations and Displacements", "Skills, Adaptations, and Trajectories", and "Predictions, Decisions, and Flexibility", present a theory of sensorially guided reaching and pointing that evolves organically based on computational principles rather than a traditional structure-by-structure approach. The book also includes five appendixes that provide brief refreshers on fundamentals of biology, mathematics, physics, and neurophysiology, as well as a glossary of relevant terms. The authors have also made supplemental materials available on the Internet. These web documents provide source code for simulations, step-by-step derivations of certain mathematical formulations, and expanded explanations of some concepts.

 

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Introduction
1
The Evolution of the Vertebrate CNS
9
Control Problems That Reach from the Past
27
What Motor Learning Is What Motor Learning Does
39
Spinal Cord and Brainstem
61
Forebrain
75
What Generates Force and Feedback
93
What Maintains Limb Stability
119
Generalization
295
Smoothness in Visual
341
Huntingtons Disease
366
Internal Models of Dynamics
379
Representation and Generalization
403
Consolidating a Motor Skill
435
Filtering
447
Learning from
473

Theory
143
Experiment
159
Computing Target Location
179
FixationCentered Coordinates
205
Parietal and Frontal Cortex
229
Planning Displacements and Forces
245
Adaptation and Context
273
Deciding Flexibly on Goals Actions and Sequences
495
Glossary
527
Appendix A Biology Refresher
533
Mathematics Refresher
539
Appendix E Neurophysiology Refresher
547
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Reza Shadmehr is Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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