A new research topic in Frontiers in NeuroRobotics “Motor cognition in animals and animates: Melting Neuroscience with Embodied Robotics” is open for abstracts submission.
Emerging trends in motor neuroscience now provide converging evidence for this perspective and substantiate the fact that action ‘generation, observation, imagination and understanding’ share underlying functional networks in the brain. In this sense, overt actions are just the tip of an iceberg: under the surface is hidden a vast territory of actions without movements (covert actions). Unravelling and unifying the neural/computational basis of such mechanisms is the essence of motor cognition. This Research Topic looks for novel insights that can help “melting” the gap between “how the brains do it” and how we can create “better artifacts i.e. autonomous robotic assistants” that can intelligently and dexterously support us in the worlds that we inhabit and create.