UMass Amherst Motor Control Lab

 
  Lab Director:   Richard van Emmerik 
   
  Postdoctoral Fellows:   Stephanie Jones
  Jongil Lim
  Darnell Simon
   
  Graduate Students:   Mike Busa
  Luis Rosado
  Scott Ducharme
  Avelino Amado
  Juli Averill
 

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 Richard van Emmerik


Education:

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1990-1993
Ph.D., Kinesiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1990
B.S., Movement Science, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Cum Laude).

Area(s) of Specialization
Motor Control; Movement Disorders; Perception-Action; Posture; Locomotion

Current Research Interests:
Dr. Van Emmerik's research is on the coordination and control of human movement. The main focus is on stability and adaptability in human movement and the role of variability in motor control from a nonlinear and complex systems perspective, as well as the ecological approach to perception and action. The research in his laboratory is integrative and focuses on the interaction between mechanical, neural and perceptual factors underlying the control of posture and gait, with applications to rehabilitation, learning and development. A particular focus of his research is on loss of stability and falls in older individuals and people with movement disorders (Parkinson's disease; Multiple Sclerosis). Current research efforts focus on human factors applications in which effects of load on perceptual-motor performance in soldiers is assessed.

Current Projects:
Effects of Armor and Load on Action-Perception Coupling.
Dynamic Balance Control and Fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis

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 Stephanie Jones

Education:
Ph.D., McGill University, 2011
M.S., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2001
B.Sc., University of Guelph (Honours), 1997

Current Research Interests:
1) Determinants of balance and gait impairment in individuals with
     Multiple Sclerosis.
2) Relationship between somatosensory function and balance
     impairment in individuals with Multiple Sclerosis.
3) Rehabilitative strategies to improve sensorimotor coordination in
     those with neurological dysfunction.

Current Projects:

Dynamic Balance Control and Fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis


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 Jongil Lim

Education:
Ph.D., Kinesiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013
M.S., Sports Science, Seoul National University, 2004
B.S., Sports Science, Seoul National University, 2002

Current Research Interests:
1) How imposed constraints affect our perceptual-motor
     coordination in goal-directed behavior.
2) Role of vision in the planning and control of movement.
3) Sensorimotor control and learning.

Current Projects:
Effects of Armor and Load on Action-Perception Coupling.

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 Darnell Simon

Darnell Simon

Contact: dsimon@kin.umass.edu

Education:
Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology
B.S., Engineering Science, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Current Research Interests:
1) Relationship between load, dynamic postural control and
     soldier performance.
2) Modeling of dynamic systems.
3) Cerebral spasticity modeled as disordered equilibrium point
     control.

Current Projects:
Effects of Armor and Load on Action-Perception Coupling.

 

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 Mike Busa

Education:
M.S., Exercise Physiology, Eastern Michigan University, 2009
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Portland, 2003

Current Research Interests:
1) How fatigue due to physical activity can affect gait in patients
     with Multiple Sclerosis.
2) Use of non-linear regularity statistics to observe changes in
    complexity of a system.
3)The use of non-linear regularity measures in the identification of
     fatigue.

Current Projects:
Dynamic Balance Control and Fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis
Effects of Armor and Load on Action-Perception Coupling.

 

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 Luis Rosado


Education:

M.S., Biomechanics, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2012
B.S., Exercise Science, Boise State University, 2006

Current Research Interests:
1) What are the effects of armor and load on the functional
    capability and survivability of soldiers in combat?
2) What is the relationship between task coordination dynamics and
    the strength of tau-gap coupling on eye fixations and point of
     gaze?
3) Additionally, what is the relationship between tau-gap coupling
    on eye point of gaze during locomotion?

Current Projects:
Effects of Armor and Load on Action-Perception Coupling

 


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Scott Ducharme

Education:
M.S. Kinesiology, California State University, Long Beach, 2012 B.S. Exercise Science, Ithaca College, 2004

Current Research Interests:
1) Neural responses & adaptations to repeated lower body
     perturbations
2) Movement coordination and skill acquisition
3) Effects of attentional focus on motor performance and learning

Current Projects:
Effects of Armor and Load on Action-Perception Coupling.

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Avelino Amado


Education:

M.S. University of Massachusetts Amherst
B.S. University of Massachusetts Amherst

Current Research Interests:
1)

Current Projects:
Effects of Armor and Load on Action-Perception Coupling.

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 Julianna Averill


Education:

M.S. University of Massachusetts Amherst
B.S. University of Massachusetts Amherst

Current Research Interests:
1) Researching the effects of Tai Chi Chuan on static and dynamic
     balance impairments in people with Multiple Sclerosis.

Current Projects:
Dynamic Balance Control and Fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis




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