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Special Issue "Motor Control and Brain Plasticity"
A special issue of Brain Sciences (ISSN 2076-3425).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 September 2016).
Interests: sensorimotor integration; neural adaptation and learning; neurophysiology of musculoskeletal treatments; chronic pain processing; neural effects of exercise
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Brain plasticity is critical for motor control and learning. Adaptive or beneficial plasticity leads to improved motor control and performance. In contrast, maladaptive plasticity, may actually lead to impaired motor control and decreased motor performance.
Intrinsic factors, such as cortical dominance or genetics may affect the inherent capacity for plasticity during acquisition of new motor skills. Extrinsic factors such as altered sensory input (for example due to pain, deafferentation and dys-afferentation) has the capacity to impact brain plasticity, in either adaptive ways that lead to enhanced motor control and learning, or maladaptive ways that impair motor control and task performance. In order to understand how any a given factor impacts brain plasticity and motor control, it is important to include experimental measures of brain plasticity (e.g., electroencephalography, transcranial magnetic stimulation, and functional magnetic resonance imaging), as well as performance measures of motor control in study design. A better understanding of brain plasticity and motor control can help to guide rehabilitation strategies, as well as helping prevent situations, which lead to maladaptive brain plasticity.
This Special Issue intends to collect articles that explore factors that impact the capacity for brain plasticity, both adaptive, and maladaptive. These factors may be intrinsic factors, or extrinsic. Both experiemental studies, as well as clinical studies, are welcome.
Prof. Dr. Bernadette Murphy
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Brain Sciences is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- motor control
- sensorimotor integration