FMRI studies investigating the acquisition of sequential motor skills in humans have revealed learning-related functional reorganizations of the cortico-striatal and cortico-cerebellar motor systems accompanied with an initial hippocampal contribution. Yet, the functional significance of these activity level changes remains ambiguous as they convey the evolution of both sequence-specific knowledge and unspecific task ability. Moreover, these changes do not specifically assess the occurrence of learning-related plasticity. To address these issues, we investigated local circuits tuning to sequence-specific information using multivariate distances between patterns evoked by consolidated or newly acquired motor sequences production. The results reveal that representations in dorsolateral striatum, prefrontal and secondary motor cortices are greater when executing consolidated sequences than untrained ones. By contrast, sequence representations in the hippocampus and dorsomedial striatum becomes less engaged. Our findings show, for the first time in humans, that complementary sequence-specific motor representations evolve distinctively during critical phases of skill acquisition and consolidation.
- Basile Pinsard
- Arnaud Boutin
- Ella Gabitov
- Julien Doyon
- Basile Pinsard
- Basile Pinsard
The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.
Human subjects: All participants provided written informed consent and received financial compensationfor their participation. This study protocol was approved by the Research Ethics Board of the ""Comité mixte d'éthique de la recherche - Regroupement en Neuroimagerie duQuébec"" (CMER-RNQ 13-14-011).
- Timothy Verstynen, Carnegie Mellon University, United States
© 2019, Pinsard et al.
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