"Motor cortex oscillations: from physiological mechanisms to functional significance." Stephen Hall (University of Plymouth)
Monday, 24 November 2014, 12pm to 1pm
Brain rhythms have been recorded from the motor cortex for almost 100 years. While a number of coincidental functional patterns have been identified, the precise role of these oscillations remains unclear. Here, I will discuss a number of experiments, using parallel human and animal models (in-vitro rodent) recordings from the motor cortex. I will describe some of our recent contributions in this area, using pharmacological and brain stimulation approaches to understand the physiological mechanisms underlying motor cortex oscillations. Finally, I will examine the extent to which these neuronal network phenomena may play a role in motor function in healthy controls and in neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease.