This volume of Progess in Brain Research follows on from the 32nd International Symposium of the Groupe de recherche sur le système nerveux central (GRSNC), May 2010, and aims to provide an overview of the various neural mechanisms that contribute to learning new motor and sensory skills, and to adapting to changed circumstances, including the use of devices and implants to substitute for lost sensory or motor abilities (brain machine interfaces). The focus is on recent developments covering five major themes:

  • Mechanisms to improve motor performance
  • Neuro-rehabilitation of motor function
  • Mechanisms to enhance sensory perception
  • Cross modal interationc for enhancing sensorimotor performance
  • Assistive technologies to enhance sensorimotor performance

Key Features

  • Leading authors review the state-of-the-art in their field of investigation and provide their views and perspectives for future research
  • Chapters are extensively referenced to provide readers with a comprehensive list of resources on the topics covered
  • All chapters include comprehensive background information and are written in a clear form that is also accessible to the non-specialist


Neuroscientists, psychologists, neurologists

Table of Contents

Series Editors

List of Contributors


Chapter 1: Naturalistic approaches to sensorimotor control


Naturalistic perspectives from animal psychology

Naturalistic perspectives from human cognitive ethology

A naturalistic approach to the visual system

Naturalistic approaches to human behavior

Naturalistic studies of movement kinematics

Naturalistic approaches to object manipulation


Chapter 2: Sensory change following motor learning


The effect of motor learning on somatosensory perception of the upper limb

The effect of speech motor learning on the perception of speech sounds


Chapter 3: Sensory motor remapping of space in human–machine interfaces


Motor learning

What is “ordinary space”?

Euclidean properties of ordinary space

Intrinsic geometry of sensorimotor signals in the central nervous system

Encoding the metric properties of Euclidean space

Learning an inverse geometrical model of space

The dual-learning problem

A clinical perspective: the body–machine interface


Chapter 4: Locomotor adaptation

Chapter 5: Age-related changes in the cognitive function of sleep


Changes in sleep with healthy aging

Changes in cognition with healthy aging

Interactions between sleep and cognition in healthy aging

Conclusions and future directions

Chapter 6: Motor adaptation and proprioceptive recalibration


General methodology

Chapter 7: Perception and action in singing


How well do people sing?

What causes poor singing?

Perceptual deficits

Sensorimotor translation deficits

Motor control deficits

Feedback deficits



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"This is a great resource for those looking for a collection of studies on topics pertaining to neural plasticity and neural mechanisms covered at the annual international symposium. It clearly highlights some of the innovations made in the field and does so in a concise and organized manner.", September 20, 2013