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

July 1, 2016

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. See our Publications page and let us know what you think!Read more »

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

May 27, 2016

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!Read more »

Lab receives Best Poster Award at Society for Neuroeconomics conference 2015

Oct. 27, 2015

Megan presents her work, "Loss aversion in movement decision making" 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... Read more »

DSST visits the lab

Oct. 2, 2015

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... Read more »

Alison wins best podium at Rocky Mountain ASB 2015

June 8, 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!Read more »

Better is faster: Reward feedback accelerates motor learning

Nov. 4, 2014

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. See our Publications page for more details.Read more »

Paper in press: Surprising increases in muscle coactivation during visuomotor rotation.

Aug. 10, 2014

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,... Read more »

Alaa receives NSF CAREER Award!

April 21, 2014

The National Science Foundation has awarded Alaa their prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for her proposal entitled “The Neuroeconomics of Metabolic Cost in Movement Decision Making". The NSF CAREER Award recognizes young faculty members with five-year grants to support outstanding research projects and career development activities, including education... Read more »

Transfer of postural adaptation depends on context of prior exposure

Dec. 30, 2013

Alison's paper, Transfer of postural adaptation depends on context of prior exposure , is accepted just in time for the New Year! Our findings demonstrate that transfer of postural adapation between stance widths depends on the context in which the task was initially learned.Read more »

Older adults learn less but still reduce metabolic cost

Dec. 30, 2013

Helen Huang's paper, Older adults learn less, but still reduce metabolic cost, during motor adaptation , on the effect of age on motor learning is published in Journal of Neurophysiology.Read more »