7. Perfecting Limb Movements by Motor Learning

  1. Dianne M. Broussard

Published Online: 23 AUG 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118730133.ch7

The Cerebellum: Learning Movement, Language, and Social Skills

The Cerebellum: Learning Movement, Language, and Social Skills

How to Cite

Broussard, D. M. (2013) Perfecting Limb Movements by Motor Learning, in The Cerebellum: Learning Movement, Language, and Social Skills, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118730133.ch7

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 AUG 2013
  2. Published Print: 15 AUG 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118125632

Online ISBN: 9781118730133

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Keywords:

  • cerebellar motor learning;
  • dynamic models;
  • kinematic models;
  • limb movements;
  • sequence learning

Summary

This chapter talks about two kinds of internal models of limbs: dynamic models and kinematic models. Dynamic models predict the time course of the movement. In order to do this, dynamic models must take into account properties like inertia, friction, and elasticity of the components of the arm. Dynamic models are thought to be calibrated using sensory feedback from the limb itself, but kinematic models can use any sensory information, and are useful for prey capture, for example. Kinematic models represent the desired change in position in Cartesian coordinates. Skilled movements of the fingers, like accurate throwing, require some practice to execute well. Playing a musical instrument, for example, almost certainly requires cerebellar motor learning. Locomotion is one of the most difficult motor skills to quantify. The posterior lobe of the cerebellar cortex appears to be important for memory encoding for several kinds of skill learning involving the limbs.