This book is concerned with the involvement of the cerebellum in learning and remembering certain motor tasks such as walking, riding a bicycle, and speaking. Processes of plasticity have been identified at the cellular level in the cerebellum that could underlie the learning of motor tasks, but whether these processes actually have such a role is a controversial topic. This book is unique in bringing together studies of plasticity at the cellular level with studies of plasticity or learning at the behavioral level, and in attempting to build bridges between these two fields of discourse. The book will appeal to neuroscientists and physiologists interested in the neural control of movement.
"...for those working in the fields of cerebellar physiology and learning and memory, both at the behavioral and cellular level, this book is a must. There are ideas, hypotheses, data, reviews, speculations, and references to satisfy all. This book will also be of interest to those non-experts who only have time to browse. There is no better account of the current exciting state of cerebellar physiology." The Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences "...provides an excellent review of contemporary research on the cerebellum in motor learning. It succeeds in making a significant contribution toward clarifying unresolved and controversial issues through informed commentaries and the replies to them from the original authors...an informative book that communicates the current state of cerebellum research." Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society