How your eyes get you in the zone

A basketball player hurriedly squares up a jump shot, a hockey goalie tracks an opponent careening towards them; a soccer player pounces on a loose ball—in all these and many more, “quiet eye” plays a significant role in the elite athletes’ ability to move in just the right way in relation to their environment. Quiet […]

Pokémon Go: our Movement, our Future

You’re on the internet, so you’re aware of Pokémon Go. Quite simply, if aliens had been surveiling our cities’ by video only for the past 20 years, its release would cause them to go back to the drawing board trying to understand our movement patterns, and how they relate to the computers we carry around in our pockets…

Getting a Feel For It

Your sink breaks on a holiday and you consult YouTube for help. You’re gathered around a TV with a group of friends, intently watching your favorite sports team. You’ve just started a retail job, and you watch intently as your supervisor demonstrates just how the register works.

What links these scenarios? In each—just beneath your conscious awareness—your brain is conducting what neuroscientists call a ‘motor simulation’ of the movements you’re observing

Why Study Movement?

Why study something so basic, like our ability to move? I’d argue it’s not just an esoteric curiosity of ours (though according to our about page, we may be a bit biased). That understanding our ability to control and learn movement is one of the most fundamental scientific questions of modern neuroscience…