Advances in Motor Learning & Motor Control

Welcome to Advances in Motor Learning & Motor Control 2020
(Formerly, Translational & Computational Motor Control - TCMC)
1–7.30pm Friday, October 23, 2020
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

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 2020 meeting will be held at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in Washington, D.C. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.   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. The abstract submission deadlne will be in mid-September. Abstract from all previous meetings are available here.

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 September 30. 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 September 30. You can join our email list (or opt out) here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Maurice Smith, Adrian Haith, & Alaa Ahmed


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

2019 MLMC Program:

1–7.15pm Friday Friday, October 18, 2019
McCormick Place, Chicago, Room S104

1:00 PM Plenary Speaker: Mehrdad Jazayeri (MIT) - Embedding and integrating expectations using cortical manifolds

Peer-reviewed talks

fMRI signatures of motor sequence learning in premotor and parietal cortices
Eva Berlot, Nicola Popp and Jörn Diedrichsen

Functional connectivity between the cerebellum and the somatosensory areas reflects the attenuation of self-generated touch
Konstantina Kilteni and H. Henrik Ehrsson

Saccade vigor reveals relative utility in effort-based choice
Colin Korbisch, Daniel Apuan and Alaa Ahmed

Movement variability is determined by the timing of the preceding movement
Takuji Hayashi, Andrew E. Brennan and Maurice A. Smith

Coffee Break

3:30 PM Plenary Speaker: Abigail Person (University of Colorado Medical School) - What does the cerebellum contribute to the neural control of reaching?

Cerebellar and simple spikes antagonistically encode eye movements but not reward expectation
Noga Larry, Merav Yarkoni, Adi Lixenberg and Mati Joshua

The hypothesis of low trajectory tangling predicts motor cortex population activity across movement speeds
Shreya Saxena*, Abigail Russo*, Larry F. Abbott, John P. Cunningham and Mark Churchland
* equal contribution

Causal role of motor preparation during error-driven learning
Saurabh Vyas, Daniel J. O’Shea and Krishna V. Shenoy

Coffee Break

The Effect of Visual Uncertainty on Implicit Sensorimotor Adaptation
Jonathan Tsay, Guy Avraham, Hyosub Kim, Darius Parvin, Zixuan Wang and Richard Ivry

Different learning and generalization for reaching movements in foveal and peripheral vision
Naotoshi Abekawa, Sho Ito, Hiroaki Gomi

Cost of error: mechanisms that modulate sensorimotor learning
Ehsan Sedaghat-Nejad and Reza Shadmehr

6:45 PM Plenary Speaker: Andrew Prusynzski (Western University) - Spinal stretch reflexes support efficient hand control during posture and movement






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