• Laboratory Description

    The Movement Neuroscience Laboratory is located within the Kinesiology and Neurology departments at The Pennsylvania State University. We are interested in how the Central Nervous System and Musculoskeletal System interact to produce coordinated movements.

    Our Laboratory is equipped with specialized, custom built hardware for recording arm movements and muscle activation profiles during the performance of virtual-reality computer game-like tasks. We have multiple experimental set-ups, including air-jet supported friction free manipulanda, a number of 3-D recording systems that have been set up to record both vertically and horizontally oriented arm movements, a programmable robot arm manipulandum (MIT-MANUS) to apply forces to the arm during movement, and a nerve stimulation set-up for examining H-reflexes during movements.

    See "Research" link above for more detail

    Laboratory Facilities

    Our laboratory has four facilities at Penn State that are currently in operation. Three facilities are located in the main Movement Neuroscience Laboratory in 27 Recreation Building, University Park, and in the Biomechanics Laboratory Suite, 29 Recreation Building. These facilities include three Kinereach® virtual reality workstations, one designed to test arm movements across a horizontal plane, one to test vertically oriented arm movements made in a parasaggital plane, one interfaced with an MIT MANUS robotic maniupulandum. A fourth facility is located in the Neurology Department, Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine. In addition to these, we have a very active collaboration with Dr. Kathleen Haaland's laboratory at the New Mexico Veteran's Administration, with a virtual reality system. This collaboration forms a major limb for our line of work with stroke patients.