Figuring out how the human brain works

Picture the robot dance. Yes, the one where people stiffly move their arms around imitating the movements of a robot. When we think of robotic movements, it is often paired with a lack of restricted movement and dexterity. This is because scientists have yet to build robots that are able to move as well as humans because we have not been able to understand how the human brain is able to control the hand or the body. That is where Jörn Diedrichsen comes in. He is the new research chair in motor control and computational neuroscience at Western’s Brain and Mind Institute. “I’m leading a lab that looks at how people learn movements and how this is represented in the human brain,” Diedrichsen said. Diedrichsen’s research encompasses using robotics to understand how…

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