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New paper on effort, metabolic cost and decision making in press in Current Biology

We have a new paper, in collaboration with Prof. Reza Shadmehr, on the role of effort in both our decisions and in controlling our movements. Check it out and let us know what you think!


Aly successfully defends her Ph.D. thesis: "Sensorimotor adaptation in whole-body postural control'

On May 27, Alison Pienciak-Siewert successfully defended her Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. thesis, "Sensorimotor adaptation in whole-body postural control."

Thanks to her committee members: Dr. Larry Carlson, Dr. Rodger Kram, Dr. Virginia Ferguson and Dr. Derek Reamon. And thanks to the audience for their excellent questions.

Congratulations Dr. Aly!


Lab receives Best Poster Award at Society for Neuroeconomics conference 2015

Megan and Alaa traveled to Miami, FL for the annual Society for Neuroeconomics conference in September. They were both featured in the SNE newsletter, and Alaa received the award for Best Poster!


Best Poster Award

Alaa Ahmed, PhD (University of Colorado Boulder)

"Effort, reward, and vigor in decision-making and motor control"

Reza Shadmehr, Helen Huang, Alaa Ahmed 


Megan presents her work, "Loss aversion in movement decision making"




DSST visits the lab

The Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST) visited the Neuromechanics Lab to learn about our work and engage in hands-on demonstrations of our movement analysis tools! Approximately 40 ninth-grade students toured the lab and learned about our research from Erik Summerside and Megan O'Brien.

This event was coordinated through CU's Integrated Teaching and Learning Program and K-12 Engineering Education initiative.


Alison wins best podium at Rocky Mountain ASB 2015

Alison won the Best Podium award at the fifth annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain American Society of Biomechanics. Her presentation, entitled "Trial-to-trial adaptation of standing postural control," was warmly received by the biomechanics community, students and faculty alike. Congratulations, Aly!