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Movement & Non-Movement

From the neurobiology of saccadic eye movement through to the neurobiology of recovery after brain injury, in this lecture we will explore the brain mechanisms that underpin our ability to move and what happens when we are unable to. We begin by considering the neuroanatomy of movement and explaining the complexity of simple movements. We will then examine what happens in the brain when we walk across a room, when we tie our shoelaces, when we learn to play the piano and when we dance. In the second half of the lecture we will explore the brain basis of movement impairments caused by stroke, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease and motor neuron disease, offering examples of developing and future treatments from stem cells to neurobionics and brain-computer interfaces.

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