The cerebellum as comparator: Increases in cerebellar activity during motor learning may reflect its role as part of an error detection/correction mechanism

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 19 (3):447-448 (1996)
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The role of the cerebellum as a comparator of desired motor output and actual performance may be most important during learning of a novel motor task, when movement errors are common and corrective movements are produced to compensate for them. It is suggested that PET and recent fMRI data are compatible with such an interpretation. Increased activity in motor cortical areas during motor learning indicates that these areas also contribute to the learning process, [THACH]



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