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Neurophysiological correlates of motor skill learning : reorganization of movement representations within motor cortex

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dc.contributor.advisor Kleim, Jeffrey
dc.contributor.author Hogg, Theresa M.
dc.contributor.author University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
dc.date.accessioned 2007-05-10T17:01:27Z
dc.date.available 2007-05-10T17:01:27Z
dc.date.issued 2002
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/182
dc.description viii, 108 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm. en
dc.description.abstract This thesis used a rodent model of skilled forelimb training and intracortical microstimulation to examine the relationship between learning and cortical reorganization. This thesis examines how reorganization is related to the specific changes in forelimb movements during learning. It also examines the role that task reptition plays in driving motor cortex reorganization and showed that once the skilled motor task had been acquired it was necessary to repeat the task sufficiently to produce motor cortex reorganiztion. This thesis also examines reorganization following skilled reach training was related to the consolidation of motor skill, finding that animals that learned the skilled reaching task after five days of training also showed cortical reorganization, which persisted for one month. These experiments show that the distribution and subsequent redistribution of movement representations within motor cortex is related to changes in motor performance that occur during motor training. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Arts and Science, 2002 en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science) en
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en
dc.subject Motor cortex en
dc.subject Motor ability en
dc.subject Movement, Psychology of en
dc.subject Rats -- Behavior en
dc.title Neurophysiological correlates of motor skill learning : reorganization of movement representations within motor cortex en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science
dc.publisher.department Department of Pyschology

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