The Neural basis of sensory and motor illusions
An important aspect of all motor activity is human's ability to consciously perceive their own movements. This is one of the fundamental features that make humans able to perform and optimise skilled movements.
During all movements the brain continuously compare the performance of the movement with the intended movement and uses this information to update the ongoing motor program. Feedback from muscles, joints, and skin has generally been regarded as important for the perception of the ongoing movements. However, recent research has also suggested that the expected sensory consequences of the movements also play an important role.
In order to study this, I will perform experiments where I induce a discrepancy between the perceived and actual movements performed. This will make it possible to study the neural basis of movements perception using electrophysiological measures and functional neuroimaging.
Head of project: Mark Schram Christensen