Neural Control of Movement

Behavioral, biomechanical and neurophysiological techniques are used in combination to study how the nervous system controls movement, how this control is altered following central nervous system damage such as stroke, spinal cord injury, or degenerative diseases including Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson’s Disease, with the overriding goal of developing effective approaches for neurorehabilitation.

Research in this area addresses: behavioral outcomes, neural mechanisms contributing to motor impairment, mechanisms of adaptation, neural plasticity and motor recovery. Rehabilitation-specific questions focus on the effects of various neurorehabilitation approaches including: constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT), uni and bimanual task practice, high-intensity power training, locomotor training and rehabilitation robotics.

Faculty Specializing in Neural Control of Movement