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Motor Control Lab

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Director
James Thomas

Room
Grover Center W277

Mission
The Motor Control Laboratory allows experimenters to measure human motion as well as the forces generated by those motions using state-of-the-art kinematic data collection systems. The lab also has several systems to measure the muscle activity associated with human motion. These systems are used to study how coordinated human movements are planned and executed.

At this time, Dr Thomas’s research focus is on the how the patterns of movement used to perform multi-joint reaching tasks in healthy individuals as well as those with neurological or orthopedic impairments. Specifically, he is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health to determine if changes in motor coordination following an initial episode of low back pain can be used to predict the development of chronic pain.

Currently his research focus is on how the central nervous system controls patterns of movement in a kinematically redundant system in healthy individuals and in those individuals with orthopedic or neurological impairments. Dr Thomas has received several research grants from Ohio University to pursue his studies on motor coordination and low back pain, and has just received a 1.5 million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue this line of research.