Advances in Motor Learning & Motor Control 2018

Welcome to Advances in Motor Learning & Motor Control 2018!
(Formerly, Translational & Computational Motor Control - TCMC)
1–7.15pm Friday, November 2, 2018
San Diego Convention Center, Room 32AB

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. The 2018 meeting will be held at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego, CA at the San Diego Convention Center, Room 32AB.   There will be 3 plenary talks and 10 contributed talks chosen from open submissions (please see below for submission information and for last year’s schedule). Contributed talks will be 16min + 6min for questions.

To help cover the meeting and refreshment break (coffee) costs, the early-bird registration fees will be $40 for students, $50 for postdocs, and $60 for faculty - before October 15. You can pay the registration fee by clicking the "Registration" tab above. Alternatively, you can pay on site at the conference, but the registration fees will be 50% higher after October 15. You can join our email list (or opt out) here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Maurice Smith, John Krakauer, Adrian Haith, & Alaa Ahmed


The submission deadline: October 2, 2018. There are no submission fees. The acceptance rate for talks has historically been around 30%.

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

Last year’s Program

1–7.15pm Friday, November 10, 2017 Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Room 152A

1:00 PM  Plenary Speaker: Misha Ahrens, HHMI Janelia Farms

Peer-reviewed talks

Neural population dynamics underlying covert-to-overt motor learning transfer
Saurabh Vyas, Nir Even-Chen, Sergey Stavisky, Stephen Ryu, Paul Nuyujukian, Krishna Shenoy

A cerebellar network architecture underlying error-based learning
David Herzfeld, Yoshiko Kojima, Robijanto Soetedjo, Reza Shadmehr

Extension and flexion representations in M1 spatially cluster around the moving finger
Spencer Arbuckle, Jeff Weiler, Erik A. Kirk, Marcus Saikaley, Marc Schieber, Jorn Diedrichsen, Naveed Ejaz

Internal models of sensorimotor integration regulate cortical dynamics
Seth Egger, Evan Remington, Chia-Jung Chang, Mehrdad Jazayeri

→ Coffee Break

3:15 PM  Plenary Speaker: Paul Cisek, University of Montreal

Step-to-Step Regulation of Walking Movements Is Redundant, Multi-Objective, and Adaptable
Jonathan Dingwell, Joseph Cusumano

Divisively normalized integration of visual and proprioceptive motor memories for motor adaptation
Takuji Hayashi, Yutaro Kato, Daichi Nozaki

Preparation time determines response selection when acting under conflict
Adrian M Haith, Montrell Vass, Robert Hardwick

→ Coffee Break

Computational Sensory-Motor Neuroscience Summer School, Student Talk:
S1 spiking activity encodes sensory feedback for goal-directed movements in a grasping task
Monica Liu, Spencer Arbuckle, Liza Okorokova, Angelica Herrera, Alex Kaiser

The magnitude of implicit sensorimotor adaptation is limited by continuous forgetting
J. Ryan Morehead, Maurice Smith

Implicit rewards modulate sensorimotor adaptation
Hyosub Kim, Darius Parvin, Matthew Hernandez, Richard Ivry

Bad habits: how initial instructions influence performance in long-term motor sequence learning
Nicola Popp, Atsushi Yokoi, Joern Diedrichsen, Paul Gribble

6:45 PM  Plenary Speaker: Maurice Smith, Harvard University






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