How the brain adapts
Feb 28, 2012
Facilities like MU’s Brain Imaging Center are a major reason the college is a leader in healthcare, as evidenced by this article.
From MIZZOU Magazine
Every day we perform functions with our hands without giving it a second thought — typing, punching elevator buttons, waving hello to friends or eating. Mizzou newcomer Scott Frey not only thinks about those seemingly simple acts, but also studies them. Frey joined MU in fall 2011 as the first University of Missouri Miller Family Endowed Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience. He came from the University of Oregon to direct the MU Brain Imaging Center, teach and perform research. The center houses an advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system devoted exclusively to research.
Frey also will teach as a professor in psychological sciences and serve as an adjunct professor of neurology, psychiatry and physical medicine. He brought along several studies and his research team from Oregon. Together they investigate brain mechanisms involved in using the hands to better understand the potential of the mature brain to compensate for injuries to the brain or body.
He looks at basic mechanisms that allow our brains to refine manual skills, including reaching, grasping, manipulating objects, making gestures and using tools. More…