Enhancing Performance for Action and Perception

Enhancing Performance for Action and Perception

Multisensory integration, Neuroplasticity and Neuroprosthetics, Part I

1st Edition - July 6, 2011

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  • Editors: Franco Lepore, Andrea Green, C. Elaine Chapman, John F Kalaska
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444537522
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444537539

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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

    Neural bases of singing


    Chapter 8: Lifelong plasticity in the rat auditory cortex


    A succession of cortical sensitive periods of plasticity during early development

    Local regulation of CP plasticity in A1 by sensory input patterns

    Patterned cortical activity maintains stimulus selectivity in the adult A1


    Chapter 9: Enhancing visual cues to orientation


    Visual cues to orientation

    How can perception be influenced by visual cues to orientation?

    When is it desirable to use vision to influence perceived orientation?

    How can the contribution of vision be enhanced?


    Chapter 10: Organization and plasticity in multisensory integration

    The mature superior colliculus

    Semantic issues in multisensory integration

    The generality of the SC model

    The essential circuit for SC multisensory integration

    The development of multisensory integration

    How experience changes the circuit for multisensory integration

    Multisensory plasticity in adulthood

    Chapter 11: Multisensory object representation




    Integration of structural and surface properties

    Multisensory cortical processing

    What role does visual imagery play?

    A model of multisensory object representation


    Chapter 12: Adaptation and maladaptation

    Lessons from evolution

    The vision from the brain


    Final remarks

    Chapter 13: Sensory integration for reaching


    Modeling the psychophysics of sensory integration

    Sensory integration during reach behavior

    Modeling sensory integration in neural populations

    Sensory integration in the cortical circuits for reaching

    From local to global optimality

    Chapter 14: Sensory rehabilitation in the plastic brain


    Rehabilitation in blindness

    Rehabilitation in deafness


    Chapter 15: Crossmodal plasticity in sensory loss




    Anosmia, ageusia, loss of trigeminal chemosensation


    Chapter 16: Adaptive crossmodal plasticity in deaf auditory cortex


    Congenitally deaf cat: a model for adaptive crossmodal plasticity

    Study 1: supranormal visual abilities of congenitally deaf cats

    Study 2: contributions of “deaf” auditory cortex to supranormal visual localization and detection

    Study 3: laminar contributions to supranormal vision in the deaf


    Subject Index

    Volume in Series

Product details

  • No. of pages: 288
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier Science 2011
  • Published: July 6, 2011
  • Imprint: Elsevier Science
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444537522
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444537539

About the Serial Volume Editors

Franco Lepore

Affiliations and Expertise

Dépt de psychologie, Université de Montréal, QC, Canada

Andrea Green

Affiliations and Expertise

Dépt de psychologie, Université de Montréal, QC, Canada

C. Elaine Chapman

Affiliations and Expertise

Dépt de psychologie, Université de Montréal, QC, Canada

John F Kalaska

Affiliations and Expertise

Dépt de psychologie, Université de Montréal, QC, Canada

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