Research in the Motor Behavior Laboratory primarily focuses on components that affect learning and memory for decision making, skill acquisition, and retention. Specifically, we are interested in the influence of motor imagery on learning and memory. Motor imagery is defined as the reproduction of movements when overt physical action is not possible. Our goal is to understand the processes underlying motor imagery. This research has practical application for understanding motor programming, learning new skills, and understanding memory; in addition, studies on motor imagery have become more prevalent in the clinical rehabilitation field.
A secondary area of research pertains to postural stability for functional independence. Postural stability is fundamental to the independent performance of balance tasks. The goal of this research is to investigate factors that will improve the quality of life and independence of adults into old age. In addition, recent studies in the lab have investigated the effects of impaired vision on postural stability, with leg dominance and surface areas as factors.
Research assistants who work in the Motor Behavior Lab will gain valuable research experience that will make them highly competitive applicants for graduate programs. Our research assistants provide support in data collection and analysis, as well as present research at national and international conferences and/or attend the proceedings.
The Motor Behavior Lab is currently equipped with testing computers that run e-prime software.
- Motor Imagery
- Postural Stability
- Attentional Focus