Brain stimulation blocks learning
New work from the lab shows that inhibitory brain stimulation – stimulation that temporarily turns down activity in parts of the brain – can prevent learning. The work, recently accepted for publication in Experimental Brain Research, was part of lab member Sarah Kraeutner’s MSc thesis. Sarah shows that when a person uses motor imagery to learn a new task, but activity in the parietal cortex is inhibited, they’re unable to learn. The work provides good information about how learning through motor imagery occurs, as well as identifying people who might not be able to use imagery for learning.