INTEGRATED LIST OF TOPICS
For the conference “Movement: Brain-Body-Cognition” at the
Harvard University School of Medicine. 27-29 July 2018
Motor-Cognitive Interactions in Rehabilitation Science
Reintegration of Movement and Cognition after injury, functional neurosurgery, DBS, lesions, Movement disorders and cognitive disabilities; Rehabilitation methods and results; Movement and Neuroplasticity, Functional Connections and Disconnections, Applications in Movement Disorders. BDNF and learning.
Instrumentation and Technology in Movement-Cognitive Interaction and Measurement
Plasticity of the sensorimotor systems. neuromodulation to facilitate motor learning. Skill transfer, from robotic assisted therapy to functional recovery. Transfer of training. Low energy laser applications, neurofeedback, direct vagus nerve stimulation, DBS, EEG, qEEG, kinesiological measurement, the measurement of motor learning and brain region reorganization, TMS, fMRI, DTI to study the sensorimotor motor-cognitive networks. Computational models of action selection and motor learning.
Evolution of Movement as the Basis of Cognition
Motor origins of language and memory. Role of bipedalism in human cognition. From sensorimotor integration to cognitive development. Timing, the critical component to motor binding and ultimately cognitive binding, Primitive reflexes, postural reflexes, socialization and cognition. Primitive reflexes are remnants of phylogenetic movement patterns and are critical to cognitive development. Synchronization, coordination and integration of networks are directly related to motor development and synchronized movement, functional and anatomical architecture of motor action.
Cognitive-Motor Interactions in Human Development
Fetal movement and learning and imitation, maintenance of primitive reflexes and cognitive function, development of movement synergies and cognitive interaction, learning and movement, Movement development, Neuroeducation in the schools,
Motor-Cognitive Interaction in Sport
Robotics simulation of motor action. Coaching of motor tasks in Augmented (Virtual) Reality. Architecture of motor action. Motor expertise and the optimization of the elite athlete. Sport-movement and learning enhancement.
Genetics/Omics (genomics etc.) in Movement and Cognition
Genetics and epigenetics of ADD/ADHD and autism in movement and cognitive application, developmental coordination disorders
Environmental Influences on Cognitive Motor Function
Functional neurology, functional immunology, functional foods, external influences on motor and cognitive function, environmental toxins.
Movement in Social Engagement
From timing to synchronization to socialization; Embodiment and empathy; the science of dance and implications for learning, rehabilitation, social engagement, entrainment theories, dance, music and art therapies as brain network facilitation mechanisms.