Research Fellows Directory
Dr Shlomi Haar-Millo
Imperial College London
My main research interest is understanding the neural mechanisms used by our brain to control our body movement, and specifically the neural mechanisms of motor skill learning.
Motor skill learning is a key feature of our development and our daily lives, from a baby learning to roll, to an adult learning a new sport, or undergoing rehabilitation after a stroke. Human motor abilities are highly diverse, and as we keep learning new motor skills in all those skills we see tremendous diversity between individuals. While most of us can learn any skill, only some of us have the potential to excel in it. Nevertheless, very little is known about the behavioural and neural process of motor skill learning that makes some of us better learners, which is a fascinating question and its answer can change the way we teach kids, train athletes, or do rehabilitation.
I use state of art methods to record body movements, eye movements, and brain activity throughout the entire learning process of a real-world motor skill. I am studying the relationship between changes in brain and body to learning rates, and based on these outcomes I hope to uncover what make some of us better learners in health and disease and enable new approaches to personalized neurorehabilitation.
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