The ability to learn and produce skilled movements is required for humans to successfully engage with each other and their environment. This ability is especially important for regaining function after injury or in the context of disease. Rehabilitation and training strategies to improve function are commonly based on principles of neural plasticity but do not currently consider an individual’s potential for plasticity. Understanding one’s plasticity potential could impact treatment and training strategies that focus on learning. Dr. Borich will describe ongoing work in his lab utilizing several approaches to investigate the functional contributions of brain activity to normal and abnormal movement. A key focus will be on how transcranial magnetic stimulation, a form of non-invasive brain stimulation, can be used to both characterize and modulate endogenous neural plasticity to facilitate skill learning. An additional focus will be to summarize paradigms that use perturbation of brain function to study brain-behavior relationships in health and after stroke. Finally, he will outline strategies to expedite translation of research findings into clinical practice.
Upon completion, participants will be able to identify methods used to assess an individual’s potential for plasticity.
Upon completion, participants will be able to explain how an individual's plasticity potential may impact treatment and training strategies that focus on learning.
Upon completion, participants will be able to explore how perturbation of brain function is used to study brain behavior in health and after acquired brain injury.
Upon completion, participants will be able to summarize effective ways to facilitate knowledge translation of non-invasive brain stimulation for rehabilitation into clinical practice.