Motor Behavior Laboratories

The Motor Behavior Laboratories is comprised of four laboratories: the Coordination Dynamics Laboratory, the Motor Development Laboratory, the Motor Control Laboratory and the Motor Learning/Control Laboratory.

Studies developed and undertaken in the Coordination Dynamics Laboratory focus on identifying the perception-action processes that underlie the control and learning of multi-joint limb movements.  The Motor Development Laboratory is involved in inquiry related to motor behavior from a developmental perspective. 

The Motor Control Laboratory aims to understand how the central nervous system controls and regulates coordinated movement in healthy individuals and in those with neurological disease and/or brain injury. Of special interest is how the normal aging and neurological impairments such as Parkinson’s disease and stroke influence coordination of upper extremity movements.

The Motor Learning/Control Laboratory studies the theoretical processes of the performance and learning of motor skills and the practical application of this knowledge to biotechnology.  Topics including those related to memory, anticipation, coordination, timing and movement efficiency are studied.  Current projects include development of physiological control systems (eye tracking and electromyography) for application in industrial, military, medical, rehabilitative and manned space flight settings.

Contact: 

Director

Dr. John Buchanan
Professor
jbuchanan@hlkn.tamu.edu
305C Blocker
(979) 862-3229

Assistant Directors

Dr. Carl Gabbard
Professor
c-gabbard@tamu.edu
301C Blocker
(979) 845-1277

Dr. Charles Shea
Professor & Graduate Programs Chair
cshea@tamu.edu
305F Blocker
(979) 845-5002

Dr. David Wright
Professor
d-wright@hlkn.tamu.edu
305E Blocker
(979) 845-5213