Houk, James C., PhD

Information

Name

Houk, James C., PhD

Title

Professor

Email

j-houk@northwestern.edu

Office Phone

312-503-8219

Office Fax

312-503-5101

Department

Physiology

Office

Department of Physiology, M211 Ward 5-132 Chicago

Website

http://physio.northwestern.edu/faculty/james-houk/

Areas of Research

Motor Control

NU Scholar Profile

https://northwestern.pure.elsevier.com/en/persons/e73fb6d9-bda3-4fdf-92d0-93a7e3304e3c

Recent Publications on PubMed

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=Houk%2C%20James%20C.%5BFull%20Author%20Name%5D&cmd=DetailsSearch

Current Research

Current Research

<strong>Areas of Interest include:</strong> Modularity and Brain Theory, Voluntary Motor Control and Motor Learning, Cognitive Neuroscience and Problem Solving

The brain has a remarkable capacity for controlling movement using both current events and memories of past experiences. Modular neuroanatomical loops link the basal ganglia and cerebellum to the cerebral cortex. There is growing evidence that both motor programs and thinking algorithms are stored in the basal ganglia and cerebellum. Practicing a specific task permits subcortical knowledge to be exported to the cerebral cortex and consolidated for more automatic processing.
My colleagues and I construct modular computational models of brain function that are founded on:
-the neuroanatomy of brain pathways and their neurons
-synaptic plasticity, cellular neurophysiology and the biophysics of neurons
-recordings of the messages transmitted along specific sensory-motor pathways in behaving animals using microelectrodes
-functional imaging of brain networks in human subjects
Our goal is to build a coherent theory of motor control and learning, and to extend these findings to cognitive neuroscience and thinking.