• Mechanics & Control of Movement

    Mechanics & Control of Movement

    The study of movement, performance, and the neuromechanical processes of the human body

Michael Carter
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Assistant Professor
Ivor Wynne Centre, Room 203
905 525 9140 ext. 20391
Movement is undoubtedly a critical aspect of everyday human life and as such, understanding how humans plan, control, and learn skilled actions is an important line of inquiry for both basic and applied research. Research in the Memory, Action, and Cognition Lab at McMaster University aims to understand the cognitive and neural mechanisms subserving motor learning, with an emphasis on the role of errors, strategies, and the information learners selectively extract for action. This research is investigated using a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach that combines behavioural and neurophysiological techniques. Our findings are relevant for advancing fundamental knowledge regarding motor learning and informing practices in the areas of rehabilitation and coaching. For more information about current research projects, please visit the lab website.

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Maslovat D, Carter MJ, & Carlsen AN. (Accepted). Response preparation and execution during intentional bimanual pattern switching. Journal of Neurophysiology.

Carter MJ, & Ste-Marie DM. (In Press). Not all choices are created equal: Task-relevant choices enhance learning compared to task-irrelevant choices. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.

Carter MJ, Smith V, Carlsen AN, & Ste-Marie DM. (In Press). Anodal transcranial direct current stimulation over the primary motor cortex does not enhance the learning benefits of self-controlled feedback schedules. Psychological Research.

Carter MJ, & Ste-Marie DM. (2017). An interpolated activity during the knowledge-of-results delay interval eliminates the learning advantages of self-controlled feedback schedules. Psychological Research, 81, 399-406.

Carter MJ, Maslovat D, & Carlsen AN. (2017). Intentional switches between coordination patterns are faster following anodal-tDCS over the supplementary motor area. Brain Stimulation 10, 162-164.

Carter MJ, Rathwell S, & Ste-Marie DM. (2016) Motor skill retention is modulated by strategy choice durig self-controlled knowledge of results schedule. Journal of Motor Learning and Development 4,100-115.

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PhD University of Ottawa
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McMaster University - Faculty of Science | Kinesiology