Society arguably values motor skill above all else if athlete’s salaries are any indication. Loss of motor skills is also devastating after neurological disease or injury. So what is motor skill – is it acquired or are born with it?
John Krakauer is Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience. He was formerly at Columbia University. His lab investigates motor control and motor learning in health and disease. Of particular interest are the study of brain plasticity and recovery after stroke, and long-term skill learning in healthy subjects. Techniques used include psychophysics, brain imaging, and non-invasive brain stimulation.