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Sensorimotor Control of Dexterous Manipulation Across the Lifespan

Pranav Parikh, Ph.D.
The ability to perform skilled object manipulation - a hallmark of human evolution - relies on the use of sensory feedback to adjust digit forces to task requirements. Dr. Parikh will present his research work that provided novel insights concerning the neural mechanisms underlying dexterous manipulation. These mechanisms were uncovered by combining noninvasive brain stimulation such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and validated behavioral paradigms. Next, he will discuss how healthy aging might influence these sensorimotor mechanisms. Finally, he will showcase how knowledge and understanding gained from his own research led him to create a novel tool to assess manual dexterity in children.