The vBot is up and running
We have bought a vBOt to help us explore motor learning in healthy subjects and those with movement disorders. It will also be used to investigate motor function recovery after stroke.
The use of robots to explore the neuroscience of human movement has increased rapidly over the last decade. The robots in question are not the humanoid robots of science fiction but a jointed arm that can move either in a two-dimensional plane or three-dimensional space. Just as computer generated visual stimuli have driven the visual neurosciences forward because they allow us to manipulate visual input to the brain, so too are robots beginning to push the boundaries of motor neuroscience by allowing us to instantaneously manipulate our physical interactions with the world.
With the help of the University of Oxford’s John Fell fund - in collaboration with Prof Heidi Johansen-Berg and Prof Peter Brown - we have bought a vBOt built for us by Prof Dan Wolpert’s group in the Dept of engineering of Cambridge University.
The robot will be used to explore motor learning in healthy subjects and those with movement disorders. It will also be used to investigate motor function recovery after stroke.