Associate Professor University of Massachusetts Lowell Lowell, Massachusetts
Abbreviated Description: Recent work demonstrates that the human brain is remarkably neuroplastic, which can result in either positive (eg. learning) or negative effects (eg,. chronic pain). Various behavioral and neurophysiological interventions (e.g., exercise, brain stimulation, robotics) can be paired with skilled motor practice to improve outcomes. This symposium will consider how neuroplasticity operates in the human brain, present recent research illustrating what interventions stimulate positive change, and consider how patterns of neuroplasticity may vary from person to person. This information may be used to advance recovery from brain damage or stimulate learning in healthy brains.
Describe the neurobiology of plasticity in the human brain
Describe how sensory and motor systems interact during learning
Describe how exercise, brain stimulation, and robotics can stimulate positive neuroplasticity
Understand how brain damage impacts neuroplastic change
Consider what behaviours affect neuroplasticity after brain damage