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Motor Control Laboratory

Motor Control Laboratory

Head of Laboratory: Natalie Mrachacz-Kersting, Associate Professor (nm) and Michael Voigt, Professor (mv)

Location: Fredrik Bejers Vej 7D, 3-113.

Aim

The aim is to study the principles governing human movement with the primary goal to develop new neurorehabilitation methods taking into account neural plasticity. Research comprises theoretical and experimental analyses of the central and segmental interaction between motor and sensory control mechanisms and the biomechanical structures of the lower extremities in healthy, motor, and sensory impaired persons.

The human nervous system interacts with muscles and sensory receptors in a complex way to effect smooth controlled movements. We use several techniques to investigate these properties of the motor control system. Human experimentation is conducted using techniques such as mechanical perturbations by robotic actuators (Figure 1), electrical stimulation, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), pharmaceutical manipulations, and kinematic/kinetics analysis.

The Laboratory for Locomotion has importantly contributed to a new understanding of the cortical and spinal utilization of afferent feedback in able-bodied and pathophysiological humans.

 

Lab facilities

  • Split-belt treadmill
  • Portable joint perturbator (ankle and knee attachments)
  • Virtual Reality system (Goggle based)
  • Magstim (monophasic) with coned coils
  • Electrical stimulator
  • EMG amplifiers
  • Force amplifiers
  • Force transducers

Contact person

Natalie Mrachacz-Kersting, Associate Professor (nm)

Lab access

With permission from Natalie Mrachacz-Kersting