Our lab investigates the human ability to adapt walking patterns and learn new movements through interactions with the world. To this end we combine psycho-physical experiments and computational tools to investigate locomotor learning in unimpaired subjects and patients with cortical lesions. Current studies specifically study 1) the adaptability of muscle coordination in patients and healthy subjects when they experience novel walking conditions, 2) the prediction error driving locomotor learning to sustained environmental perturbations, 3) the generalization of adaptation effects from treadmill walking to over ground locomotor movements, and 4) cognitive factors mediating locomotor learning and its generalization. Our research findings inform how to stimulate learning mechanisms available to patients with brain lesions to improve their walking. 


Spring 2016

Wouter Staring starts internship at the lab

Yashar Aucie is awarded with the Graduate Assistantships in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Fellowship    

Fall 2016

Alessandro Salatiello joins the lab, working toward his PhD

Spring 2016

"A Computational Approach For Understanding Locomotor Learning Post-Stroke" is funded.
Nicolas Velasquez and Ricky Hollenbach join the lab.

Fall 2015

Yashar Aucie joins the lab, working toward his PhD

Summer 2015

Carly Sombric is awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. 

Our lab was awarded a NSF grant:  The role of naturalistic movements on the generalization of locomotor learning

Our lab was also awarded a grant from the AHA:  Understanding patient-specific deficits causing step asymmetry post-stroke: a step towards personalizing rehabilitation

Michelle Botryius starts her undergraduate research work in the lab