Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)
Research and teaching
The goal of our work is to understand how the motor system learns to produce skilled actions. Our research combines behavioral experiments with neurophysiological techniques and computational studies. We conduct experimental studies using TMS, fMRI, EMG, and robotic devices that allow us to create novel mechanical environments to measure motor learning.
We focus on three main areas of research:
- The role of sensory feedback in the selection, planning, and control of voluntary movements.
- Basic principles of sensory processing and how they impact motor learning.
- Brain imaging (fMRI) and stimulation techniques (TMS) to understand the neural circuits that support motor learning.
Research on motor learning will improve our understanding of the basic mechanisms underlying skilled movements. It may also yield better tools to understand movement deficits, as well as treatments that can be used in rehabilitation to improve sensory and motor function.