Jana Maresch


profile-picture-esr16-423x480About me…

I am Jana and I come from a small town in the north of Czech Republic. I started my career with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy, and quickly realized that while Physical Therapy was nice, I wanted to go deeper and understand the way we move and create movement. So I decided to switch paths and work towards a master’s degree next to my first degree. I received my master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences with a major in Human Movement Sciences after graduating from the Radboud University in Nijmegen (NL). Now I’m a member of the Motor learning lab at the Ben Gurion University in Israel.

 

Why I joined PACE…

I am fascinated by our brain and its ability to seemingly so easily control and adapt our movements. It’s an amazing opportunity to be able to share the fascination for the human mind with other ESR’s and profit from the input and knowledge of different PI’s. I’m very happy and excited to be part of this network.

My project…

When we have to adapt to changes in our environment, e.g. when we use our friend’s computer and the speed of the mouse is different to what we’re used to, our motor system first needs to explore the different options in adjusting to this change. First we may overshoot the folder we’re aiming at, then we might undershoot it. This motor variability in motor learning is an inevitable and often unwanted factor during adaptation. Recent studies have shown that this variability might be more than noise that should best be avoided, it may actually predict the rate of motor learning on an individual basis. In my project, I aim to understand in how far baseline motor variability relates to individual learning rates and in whether this is dependent on the task at hand.

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Secondments…

To be determined.

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