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Thesis defense Sabine Beurze (Donders Series 31)

Date of news: 9 July 2010

24 June 2010

Promotor: Prof.dr. H. Bekkering, copromotor: De. P. Medendorp

Cortial mechanisms for reach planning

Sabine Beurze performed both psychophysical and fMRI research to investigate how and where reaching movements are planned in the brain. Her results suggest that an eye-centered mechanism is involved in integrating target and hand position in programming reaching movements, and that the posterior parietal cortex and the dorsal premotor cortex are selectively engaged in the neural computations for reach planning. Research on the reaching process in healthy subjects can help to better understand pathology in patients, and can aid the development of mind-controlled prostheses.

Sabine Beurze