2015 Emerging Scientist Award Winner

Dr. Shota Hagio

About the Winner

Name 
Shota Hagio

Date of Birth
April 22, 1988

Nationality
Japan

Present Occupation
Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Tokyo, Japan
Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies – Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan

Educational Background
I. MSc in Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies – Kyoto University, Japan, from 2011 to 2013

About the Winning Proposal

Existence of muscle synergies increases learning speed: simulation study based on neural network modelThe concept of muscle synergies has been proposed to simplify redundant motor control by low-dimensionally organizing functionally similar muscles [1, 2]. Reduction of neuronal redundancy due to muscle synergies will contribute to upgrading learning performance as acquiring complicated movements. However, the functional roles of muscle synergies during motor learning remain unknown. The simulation analysis using neural network model makes it possible to specify the functional roles by evaluating learning performance, such as learning speed, in the presence and absence of muscle synergies. The purpose of this study was to clarify the functional roles of muscle synergies during motor learning based on neural network simulation.