Seminar Series

The cerebellum as an adaptable predictor, for movement and cognition

My talk will first summarise our published work on the role of the cerebellum in motor control and coordination, supporting the theory that the cerebellum has a role in predicting the sensory consequences of motor actions. This theory is also applicable to non-motor domains, however, and we have more recent work showing that stimulation of the cerebellum has facilitatory effects on cognition, and that the right posterior cerebellum also has a clear role in predictive language processing. We suggest that the cerebellum is thus a generic predictive system, first developed to assist sensory-motor processes and now supporting various cognitive functions.