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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"
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 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!
Our paper on the influence of reward on motor learning has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Neurophysiology. Adding rewarding feedback when learning a new motor task leads to faster learning. Read the paper for more details.
In a recent study, we measured muscle activity and metabolic cost as subjects adapted to a visuomotor rotation. Surprisingly we observed increases in both muscle activity, coactivation, and metabolic cost, even though the perturbation was solely kinematic. Perhaps muscle coactivation is a fundamental strategy used in the presence of uncertainty, regardless of the underlying cause. The paper was just accepted and is in press at the Journal of Neurophysiology.