Dr Kathryn D Feller

Research Interests Controlling how the body is propelled through space is paramount for survival of most animals. Many species, including humans, use feedback provided by their visual and proprioceptive systems to correct or confirm body movements. However feedback is limited to events that form part of the past. For many high performance behaviors, such as catching a fast incoming ball, the appropriate movement must be 1. anticipated from a short observation period and 2. actuated without sensory feedback. Understanding how visual information is processed and re-coded in a predictive manner for the purpose of movement implementation is a fundamental question in neuroscience. Such ballistic movements have been studied in predatory species (i.e. salamanders, preying mantids). However, previous investigations on the neural basis of such behavior have focused on the early…

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