CSCAN ROUNDS
Friday June 1st 2018, 1:00pm
TDCS AND MVPA INVESTIGATIONS OF OBSERVATIONAL LEARNING
Learning by observation is a skill humans engage in throughout the lifespan. Previous research suggests that physical and observational learning share a similar cognitive and neural foundations. However, it remains poorly understood to what extent observational training affects neural representations of the acquired skill, and what factors influence training effects. Employing a keypress sequence learning paradigm and brain stimulation and brain imaging measures, we have investigated several questions to help to provide a more comprehensive and integrative perspective on motor skill learning through observation and how it compares to previous findings on learning by physical practice. In this talk, I will discuss recently published tDCS work (which demonstrates no improvements to observational learning with the paradigm we used in our participant sample), as well as a related fMRI study which my colleagues and I aim to publish soon (and thus welcome further ideas and feedback).
PRESENTED BY
Prof. Emily Cross
Director, Social Brain in Action Lab, Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology
INVITED BY
Kieran O'Shea