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Lifespan Motor Neuroscience

Our group examines how changes in the structure and functioning of the brain across the human lifespan influence the learning and control of movement. We employ functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), including analyses of task-related brain activity and connectivity as well as resting state functional connectivity, and magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) to assess experience-dependent neuroplasticity. By employing multimodal brain imaging to understand the neural mechanisms underlying age-related changes, we can ultimately determine novel approaches to facilitate sensorimotor development in children and minimize age-related declines in older adults.

Contact: bradley.ross.king@utah.edu 

Sleep and Motor Memory

The goal of our research is to modulate the neurophysiological processes supporting motor learning and sleep-related motor memory consolidation in order to optimize motor behavior in healthy populations. We investigate whether experimental interventions such as the manipulation of prior knowledge, stress, brain or sensory stimulation can modulate the consolidation process. We employ multimodal research approaches, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), electroencephalography (EEG) and polysomnography (PSG) in order to characterize the neural substrates of these modulatory effects.

Contact: genevieve.albouy@health.utah.edu  

 

Biomechanics and Locomotion

Our missions are to discover and disseminate our understanding of human movement and to improve mobility outcomes in people with various health conditions. We bridge concepts spanning kinesiology, engineering, and rehabilitation medicine to examine how humans produce, utilize, and/or dissipate various forms of energy (e.g., mechanical, metabolic, thermal), especially during locomotion tasks.

Contact: Kota.Takahashi@utah.edu