Movement Control and Rehabilitation Lab

Movement can be described as the result of a complex interaction between cognition, sensory feedback processes and motor execution. The Movement Control and Rehabilitation lab (MCR) is interested in exploring fundamental questions about the neural basis of movement control. Specifically, we study how cognitive and sensory feedback processes contribute to interlimb differences in movement control in both neurologically intact individuals and stroke survivors. The overarching motivation for our research is to develop non-invasive strategies for movement rehabilitation in individuals with movement disorders and impairments. 


Our approach to studying movement control comprises of combining engineering concepts and tools with clinically-relevant measures. To that effect, we seek to answer questions related to movement by engaging with engineers, neuroscientists, clinicians, therapists, coaches, and patients. We believe that by using a holistic method comprising of engineering principles, neurophysiology, and clinical assessments, we can develop meaningful solutions for rehabilitating movement in individuals with movement disorders.

The MCR lab encourages diversity in thought and values a sense of community built on mutual respect. 

Recent lab news

Dr. Shanie Jayasinghe presented her work (conducted with collaborators at Penn State and Aix Marseille Université) at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) held in San Diego, CA from Nov 12-16. The title of the poster was "Does the type of visual perturbation affect online motor control in the absence of proprioception?" This work represents data collected on a rare individual with chronic peripheral deafferentation as well as data from adult control participants. The latter data collection is part of ongoing efforts by Dr. Jayasinghe's DPT research group in the Movement Control and Rehabilitation lab.