Advances in Motor Learning & Motor Control 2021

Welcome to Advances in Motor Learning & Motor Control 2021
This year's meeting will be held virtually on Thursday November 4th, 10:00am-1:00pm ET & Friday November 5th, 11:00am-2:00pm ET, 2021.

This symposium provides an annual forum for presenting the best new work in motor control and motor learning, including studies of human motor behavior, imaging, motor neurophysiology, and computational modeling. Note the new stories page we added to help spur some discussion in our community about racial issues.

This year's submissions were reviewed and ranked by our program committee and the top ten ranked abstracts will be presented at the meeting. In addition, we are delighted to have plenary talks from Tim Carroll (University of Queensland), Jennifer Collinger (University of Pittsburgh), Friedl de Groote (KU Leuven), and Sam Burden (University of Washington). Please register here. Registration is FREE.

We look forward to seeing you online at the meeting!

Maurice Smith, Adrian Haith, & Alaa Ahmed (co-chairs)

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MLMC 2021 Program:

Day 1: 10:00am–1:00pm Thursday, November 4, 2021

10:05 AM ET Plenary Speaker: Tim Carroll (University of Queensland) - Subcortical control of human reaching?

10:35 AM ET Peer-reviewed talks

Visuomotor learning response modulated with temporal pattern of visual error rather than feedback response
Yuto Makino, Toshiki Kobayashi, Daichi Nozaki

Why is Online Feedback More Effective than Endpoint Feedback for Sensorimotor Adaptation?
Tianhe Wang, Guy Avraham, Jonathan S. Tsay, Richard B. Ivry

Pupil-linked arousal modulates sensitivity to error during reach adaptation in humans
Atsushi Yokoi

11:40 - 11:50 AM ET BREAK

Sensory Prediction Errors Are Sufficient for Implicit Adaptation of Withheld Movements
Olivia A. Kim, Alexander D. Forrence, Samuel D. McDougle

Shifts in neural preferred directions predict systematic changes in rate of motor learning
Takuji Hayashi, Ken Takiyama, Maurice A. Smith*, Daichi Nozaki*
*equal contribution

12:35 PM ET Plenary Speaker: Jennifer Collinger (University of Pittsburgh)

Day 2: 11:00am–2:00pm ET Friday, November 5, 2021

11:05 AM ET Plenary Speaker: Sam Burden (University of Washington) - Sensorimotor games: human/machine collaborative learning and control

11:35 AM ET Peer-reviewed talks

Decision uncertainty as a context for motor memory
Kisho Ogasa, Atsushi Yokoi, Gouki Okazawa, Masaya Hirashima, Nobuhiro Hagura

Dissociable habits of response preparation and response initiation
Yue Du, Adrian M. Haith

Explicit Changes in Movement Planning in Response to Stop Signal Uncertainty
John Pickavance, Mark Mon-Williams, Faisal Mushtaq, J. Ryan Morehead

12:40 - 12:50 PM ET BREAK

Blocking cerebellar signals increases internal noise and impairs motor adaptation
Sharon Israely, Firas Mawase, Yifat Prut

Synchronous spiking of cerebellar Purkinje cells during control of movements
Ehsan Sedaghat-Nejad, Jay S. Pi, Paul Hage, Mohammad Amin Fakharian, Reza Shadmehr

1:35 PM ET Plenary Speaker: Friedl de Groote (KU Leuven) - Stochastic optimal control simulations to assess the neuromechanics of human movement


Abstracts from all previous meetings are available here.

Submissions for future meetings:

There are no submission fees. The acceptance rate for talks has historically been around 30%. The abstract submission deadline for MLMC 2020 was be October 1st. The deadline will change from year to year, but will generally be about 6 weeks before the meeting.

Abstract submissions consist of a 2-page PDF (1 page of text & a 2nd page primarily of figures and their captions). The main text should be ≥ 11pt with a line spacing of ≥ 1, and figure captions should be ≥ 9pt. Successful abstracts from last year are linked at the bottom of this page, and for prior years, you can find them here. See the bottom of this page for the link to submit an abstract. 

Submissions will be competitively peer reviewed by our program committee of over 40 leading experts in motor control and motor learning, and reviewer comments will be provided. The top submissions will be accepted for 22-minute oral presentations (6 minutes of which is reserved for questions). If you are a faculty member willing to review about 5 abstracts and would like to join the program committee please send a message to





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