ASU Electronic Theses and Dissertations
This collection includes most of the ASU Theses and Dissertations from 2011 to present. ASU Theses and Dissertations are available in downloadable PDF format; however, a small percentage of items are under embargo. Information about the dissertations/theses includes degree information, committee members, an abstract, supporting data or media.
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- 4 English
- 4 Public
- 4 Neurosciences
- 2 Biomedical engineering
- 2 Electrical engineering
- 1 Motor Control
- 1 Motor learning
- 1 Neuroengineering
- 1 Neuroprosthetics
- 1 Planning
- 1 Proprioception
- 1 Reaching
- 1 Variability
- 1 Vision
- 1 action selection
- 1 brain-machine interfaces
- 1 goal-directed action
- 1 motor adaptation
- 1 motor cortices
- 1 neural adaptation
- 1 restricted Boltzmann machine
- 1 support vector machine
Animals learn to choose a proper action among alternatives according to the circumstance. Through trial-and-error, animals improve their odds by making correct association between their behavioral choices and external stimuli. While there has been an extensive literature on the theory of learning, it is still unclear how individual neurons and a neural network adapt as learning progresses. In this dissertation, single units in the medial and lateral agranular (AGm and AGl) cortices were recorded as rats learned a directional choice task. The task required the rat to make a left/right side lever press if a light cue appeared on the …
- Mao, Hongwei, Si, Jennie, Buneo, Christopher, et al.
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The ability to plan, execute, and control goal oriented reaching and grasping movements is among the most essential functions of the brain. Yet, these movements are inherently variable; a result of the noise pervading the neural signals underlying sensorimotor processing. The specific influences and interactions of these noise processes remain unclear. Thus several studies have been performed to elucidate the role and influence of sensorimotor noise on movement variability. The first study focuses on sensory integration and movement planning across the reaching workspace. An experiment was designed to examine the relative contributions of vision and proprioception to movement planning by …
- Apker, Gregory, Buneo, Christopher A, Helms Tillery, Stephen, et al.
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Brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) were first imagined as a technology that would allow subjects to have direct communication with prosthetics and external devices (e.g. control over a computer cursor or robotic arm movement). Operation of these devices was not automatic, and subjects needed calibration and training in order to master this control. In short, learning became a key component in controlling these systems. As a result, BMIs have become ideal tools to probe and explore brain activity, since they allow the isolation of neural inputs and systematic altering of the relationships between the neural signals and output. I have used BMIs …
- Armenta Salas, Michelle, Helms Tillery, Stephen I, Si, Jennie, et al.
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Learning by trial-and-error requires retrospective information that whether a past action resulted in a rewarded outcome. Previous outcome in turn may provide information to guide future behavioral adjustment. But the specific contribution of this information to learning a task and the neural representations during the trial-and-error learning process is not well understood. In this dissertation, such learning is analyzed by means of single unit neural recordings in the rats' motor agranular medial (AGm) and agranular lateral (AGl) while the rats learned to perform a directional choice task. Multichannel chronic recordings using implanted microelectrodes in the rat's brain were essential to …
- Yuan, Yuan, Si, Jennie, Buneo, Christopher, et al.
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