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I am exploring how changes in sensory availability affect motor planning. These sensory changes include both deficits and augmented feedback. I use EEG, kinematics, and fMRI to assess neural and behavioral changes resulting from sensory changes. My work is applicable to amputees and others with sensory loss and to the design and implementation of prosthetic limbs.
January 2013 - April 2013
- Model Systems for the Study of Neuromelanin
- Created two systems for the study of neuromelanin - dopamine polymer and neuromelanin production by rat substantia nigra cells treated with l-DOPA. To be used for research related to Parkinson's Disease, and for neuroscience courses.
Prosthesis disuse and abandonment is an ongoing issue in upper-limb amputation. In addition to lost structural and motor function, amputation also results in decreased task-specific sensory information. One proposed remedy is augmenting somatosensory information using vibrotactile feedback to provide tactile feedback of grasping objects. While the...
Approaches to improve outcomes after upper-extremity amputation remain poorly understood. Examining prosthesis-use at different levels of loss elucidates motor control challenges. Non-amputated participants completed simple and complex reach-to-grasp actions using a body-powered transradial or partial-hand prosthesis simulator. We hypothesised that...
21) Appl. No .: 17 / 469,730 (22) Filed : Sep. 8 , 2021 Related U.S. Application Data (60) Provisional application No. 63 / 075,540 , filed on Sep. 8 , 2020. Disclosed herein are prosthesis simulator devices comprising a first restraint configured to restrain one or more fingers of a wearer of the simulator , a second restraint configured to restra...
Background Most of the current literature around amputation focuses on lower extremity amputation or engineering aspects of prosthetic devices. There is a need to more clearly understand neurobehavioral mechanisms related to upper extremity amputation and how such mechanisms might influence recovery and utilization of prostheses. Objective This sc...