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!

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.

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,...

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...

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.

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.

New virtual reality equipment

Oct. 21, 2013

We have recently received an Oculus Rift head-mounted display. We have begun devloping immersive, virtual environments for human subjects experiments. Combining this device with other commodity-grade equipment, such as the Wiimote, Wii balance board, and Microsoft Kinect, allows us to create an inexpensive system that can be used for learning...

The Neuromechanics Lab is in the news again

Aug. 30, 2013

Our study on metabolic cost reductions during motor learning has been receiving more attention in the media: TIME: Over-Practicing Makes Perfect PBS: Science Smart Importance Over Learning

Learning from the value of your mistakes: Our paper on risk-sensitivity in motor adaptation is published.

Aug. 23, 2013

Mickey's study on risk-sentisitvity in motor adaptation is published in Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience .

Two papers hit the press!

Jan. 30, 2013

Our optimal control paper with Max Berniker and Konrad Kording is published online in PLoS One. Megan's paper on risk-senstivity is accepted for publication in Journal of Neurophysiology. See Publications page for more information.