29 April 2016
Erin Cressman. Action without awareness
Erin Cressman’s lecture summary
In order to interact with our environment, we must continually reach and grasp for objects. For most of us, we perform goal directed movements – for example reaching for a cup of coffee – throughout the day, without thought or effort. It is only after something goes wrong (i.e. damage to the brain), that we begin to appreciate how complex a job the brain has in transforming sensory signals into action plans. In this talk we will discuss how the motor system uses sensory information to carry out and learn new actions in the absence of conscious awareness.
Erin Cressman’s bio.
Erin Cressman received her Ph.D. in motor control from the University of British Columbia in 2007. She then completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Vision Research at York University. Her research examines how the brain processes sensory information for goal-directed action.