Kevin Trewartha

Kevin M. Trewartha


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  • Assistant Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
  • Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology
  • PhD, Psychology, Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada, 2012
  • MA, Psychology, Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada, 2007
  • BA, Psychology and Philosophy, University of Western Ontario, 2004


Dr. Trewartha is an Assistant Professor at Michigan Technological University in the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences, and the Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology. He specializes in cognitive neuroscience of aging with a focus on the cognitive mechanisms of motor behavior. These interests fall into two main streams: 1) identifying the changes in neurocognitive mechanisms in healthy aging and dementia that contribute to motor performance impairments in later adulthood, and 2) developing interventions aimed at improving cognitive and motor function in older populations. The overarching goal of this research is to understand the cognitive, computational, and neural basis of motor behavior, and to identify age-related changes in these factors.

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Research Interests

  • Cognitive Aging
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Motor Learning
  • Sensorimotor Control
  • Memory
  • Cognitive Control

Recent Publications

  • Trewartha KM, Flanagan JR (2017). Linking actions and objects: Context-specific learning of novel weight priors, Cognition, 163: 121-127.
  • Trewartha, K. M. & Flanagan, J. R. (2016). Distinct contributions of explicit and implicit memory processes to weight prediction when lifting objects and judging their weights: an aging study Journal of Neurophysiology 116: 1128–1136.
  • Korotkevich, Y., Trewartha, K. M., Penhune, V. B., & Li, K. Z. H. (2015). Effects of age and cognitive load on response reprogramming. Experimental Brain Research, 233, 937-946.
  • Trewartha, K. M., Case, S., & Flanagan, J. R. (2015). Integrating actions into object location memory: A benefit for active versus passive reaching movements. Behavioural Brain Research, 279, 234-239.
  • Trewartha, K. M., Garcia, A., Wolpert, D. M., & Flanagan, J. R. (2014). Fast but Fleeting: Adaptive Motor Learning Processes Associated with Aging and Cognitive Decline. Journal of Neuroscience, 34, 13411-13421.
  • Trewartha, K. M. & Phillips, N. A. (2013). Detection of errors during self-produced speech: An ERP investigation. Frontiers of Human Neuroscience. 7, 763.
  • Trewartha, K. M., Spilka, M., Penhune, V. B, Li, K. Z. H., & Phillips, N. A. (2013). Context updating processes facilitate response reprogramming in younger but not older adults. Psychology and Aging, 28, 701-713.
  • Complete list of publications available in CV.

Teaching Experience

Motor Learning and Control [EH4400]
Advanced Motor Behavior [EH5330]
Physiological Psychology [PSY3060]
Aging Brain and Cognition [PSY4080]