The motor control and learning group is primarily concerned with how human movement is organized for the performance of skilled actions. Research takes place in both natural and synthesized environments to examine the complex interactions between perception and action.
Studies of special populations, including neurological patients with damage to the brain contribute to understanding the underlying cognitive and neural representations of properties of the environment. Special emphasis is placed on the role of learning in motor performance and rehabilitation.
Specific topics of research include
- motor learning, practice retention and skill acquisition
- control of rapid aiming movements and trajectory formation
- timing and bimanual coordination,
- consciousness and awareness in action, and
- human factors and applied cognitive ergonomics.
Neurophysiological, Cognitive and dynamical systems approaches are taken to address specific research problems. The research labs are equipped with state-of-the-art research tools including, 3-D motion capture, TMS and image-guided stimulators, eye-trackers, electrophysiological measurement devices, robotic manipulanda and driving simulators.