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January 31, 2012

Controlling Movement Is Your Brain’s Only Purpose

via Dan Peterson

Daniel Wolpert is absolutely certain about one thing.  “We have a brain for one reason and one reason only, and that’s to produce adaptable and complex movements,” stated Wolpert, Director of the Computational and Biological Learning Lab at the University of Cambridge.  “Movement is the only way you have of affecting the world around you.”  After that assertive opening to his 2011 TED Talk, he reported that, despite this important purpose, we have a long way to go in understanding of how exactly the brain controls our movements. The evidence for this is in how well we’ve learned to mimic our movements using computers and robots.  For example, take the game …

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