motor skills

Essential tremors are caused by overactive brain waves at the base of the brain, a new study from Columbia University Irving Medical Center and New York-Presbyterian suggests. The finding raises the possibility of treating the disorder with neuromodulation to calm the oscillations. “Past studies have identified changes in brain structure in people with essential tremor… Read more

Imagine seeing an old person picking up a box and a young person picking up a comparable box. By merely looking at both movements, you can already tell the difference in, for example, strength, flexibility, and confidence of the two people. The brain region responsible for such higher perceptual abilities was thought to be the… Read more

As little as a single 15-minute bout of cardiovascular exercise increases brain connectivity and efficiency, according to new research. If you want to learn to play a song on the piano, for example, it’s a good idea to go for a short run after each practice session, the research suggests. The recent study shows that… Read more

You see the flour in the pantry, so you reach for it. You see the traffic light change to green, so you step on the gas. While the link between seeing and then moving in response is simple and essential to everyday existence, neuroscientists haven’t been able to get beyond debating where the link is… Read more

The brain relies on an exquisite balance between the activity of two populations of neurons in a part of the brain called the striatum, the hub for motor and action planning, suggests a new study led by scientists from Harvard Medical School. The findings could help researchers better understand conditions that dramatically impact movement –… Read more