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Neuromuscular Control and Plasticity Lab: Arm stiffness modulation and it's role in motor-control

Another area of research in the Neuromuscular Control Lab is the investigation of the physiological mechanisms contributing to the regulation or arm mechanics during movement. Arm mechanics will be quantified using estimates of limb impedance. While this estimation is relatively straightforward during postural tasks it is extremely complex during limb motion. The use of different techniques can lead to very different results, even when applied to comparable physiological conditions. Hence, to fulfill the main objective of the study, we are comparing different methods to assess their reliability and repeatability, and then to explore the physiological mechanisms contributing to each method. These studies are a critical component to the long term goal of examining the physiological mechanisms contributing to limb impairment and discoordination following injury, such as stroke.

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