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The Motor Control and Cognition Lab is an established lab at the University of Oregon whose research focuses on the neurophysiology of motor control, the efficacy of alternative methods of treatment for balance and attention, and the application of that research into actualized clinical strategies for children and adults.

Research Topics

  • The development of balance and attentional abilities in normal children and in children with motor problems such as cerebral palsy and Down Syndrome
  • Factors leading to loss of balance function in the older adult, and in patients with motor disorders such as stroke and Parkinson’s disease, in order to improve the quality of life and independence of adults well into old age
  • The design of new assessment and treatment strategies to improve balance and attentional abilities. These include testing the efficacy of alternative forms of therapy such as tai chi for improving balance and gait in patient populations
  • Changes in attentional performance skills and underlying neural networks associated with the mental training of meditation and tai chi
  • Contributions of sensory systems to performance in musicians such as cellists.

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