I am a neuroscientist passionate about movement.

Hands are beautifully complex. How does the brain execute such fine control over them? For example, consider skills like writing or playing the piano. These movements, which involve fine fractionated control of individual fingers, demand interplay between sensorimotor and cognitive processes. Although this might sound laborious, when we use our hands it often feels effortless. Why?

In my research, I use computational models combined with measures of brain, muscle, and behavioural activity to study questions about hand control, and more generally, about how we interact with our world through movement.

Spencer Arbuckle | Rochers de Naye, Switzerland