Our Laboratory investigates the human ability to adapt learned movements and acquire new ones through interactions with the world. We accomplish this by combining computational tools and psychophysical experiments in unimpaired subjects and individuals with cortical lesions, such as stroke. Current studies specifically study: 1) the adaptability of muscle activity when walking in novel situations, 2) the prediction error driving locomotor learning to sustained movement perturbations, 3) the generalization of motor learning across different conditions (e.g. treadmill vs. over ground walking), and 4) cognitive factors mediating learning in "automated" behaviors such as walking. Our research has the ultimate goal to improve the mobility of people with brain lesions by non-invasively stimulating learning mechanisms available to them.  


Fall 2017

Lab moves to Pitt Campus in Oakland!

Summer 2017

Prof. Torres-Oviedo joins the executive board of The Society for the Neural Control of Movement (NCM). 

Spring 2017

Digna deKam starts postdoctoral fellowship and Wouter Staring starts internship in the lab

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

Fall 2016

Alessandro Salatiello joins the lab.

Spring 2016

Prof. Torres-Oviedo is awarded the NIH training grant entitled: "A Computational Approach For Understanding Locomotor Learning Post-Stroke".

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 is awarded NSF grant:  The role of naturalistic movements on the generalization of locomotor learning

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

Michelle Botryius starts her undergraduate research work in the lab