Nick M. Kitchen

Nick M. Kitchen
Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine · Neurology

BSc, MSc, PhD

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Introduction
My research is broadly concerned with the neural mechanisms that underlie the acquisition, execution and adaptation of human movements. This has mainly involved the role of proprioceptive feedback in motor performance, including its relationship with upper limb reaching in advanced age and with (non-)speech jaw movements in people who stutter. Currently, I'm studying lateralized functions of the brain for upper limb motor control and learning in healthy young and stroke populations
Additional affiliations
January 2021 - present
Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine
Position
  • PostDoc Position
February 2018 - January 2021
University of Washington Seattle
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • Researching sensorimotor control in the context of speech production for both stuttering and non-stuttering individuals (supervised by Dr. Ludo Max)
September 2016 - June 2017
University of Birmingham
Position
  • Fellow
Description
  • Leading computer based statistics workshops for groups of 30 2nd year undergraduate students, as well as reviewing course material with other administrative responsibilities and marking written experimental reports and exams
Education
October 2013 - October 2018
University of Birmingham
Field of study
  • Upper limb proprioceptive acuity and motor control in advanced age (School of Psychology)
June 2012 - October 2013
University of Birmingham
Field of study
  • Neurorehabilitation and Neuroplasticity
September 2009 - June 2012
University of Birmingham
Field of study
  • Sport and Exercise Science

Publications

Publications (7)
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Healthy ageing involves degeneration of the neuromuscular system which impacts movement control and proprioception. Yet the relationship between these sensory and motor deficits in upper limb reaching has not been examined in detail. Recently, we reported that age-related proprioceptive deficits were unrelated to accuracy in rapid arm movements, bu...
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During normal healthy ageing there is a decline in the ability to control simple movements, characterised by increased reaction times, movement durations and variability. There is also growing evidence of age-related proprioceptive loss which may contribute to these impairments. However, this relationship has not been studied in detail for the uppe...
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It is uncertain how vision and proprioception contribute to adaptation of voluntary arm movements. In normal participants, adaptation to imposed forces is possible with or without vision, suggesting that proprioception is sufficient; in participants with proprioceptive loss (PL), adaptation is possible with visual feedback, suggesting that proprioc...
Preprint
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Healthy ageing involves degeneration of the neuromuscular system which impacts movement control and proprioception. Yet the relationship between these sensory and motor deficits in upper limb reaching has not been examined in detail. Recently, we reported that age-related proprioceptive deficits were unrelated to accuracy in rapid arm movements, bu...
Preprint
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During normal healthy ageing there is a decline in the ability to control simple movements, characterised by increased reaction times, movement durations and variability. There is also growing evidence of age-related proprioceptive loss which may contribute to these impairments. However this relationship has not been studied in detail for the upper...
Poster
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During normal healthy ageing there is a deterioration in motor control which is characterized by increased reaction times, movement durations and kinematic variability. This is thought to be due to a multi-factorial process of general sensorimotor system decline, yet the extent to which proprioceptive sensory loss contributes to age-related motor i...
Poster
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BACKGROUND - Recently, it has been reported that proprioceptive acuity measured during passive wrist movement in the elderly is not predictive of their active motor performance (Helsen et al. 2016). Here, we used a 2D robotic manipulandum device to investigate whether dynamic proprioceptive acuity could better predict reaching motor performance in...

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Project
Investigating the role of upper limb proprioceptive acuity changes with ageing and their influence on discrete and adaptive motor control