Date(s) - 06/19/19
12:00 am - 2:00 am

Grand Stafford Theater

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Dr. Deanna Kennedy :: Using Lissajous information to navigate dangerous landscapes: A guide for performing complex bimanual tasks.

Dr. Deanna Kennedy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology and the Director of the Motor Neuroscience Lab at Texas A&M University. Her research addresses theoretical questions related to motor synergies and bimanual coordination as well as more applied questions that have important implications for stroke rehabilitation and aging. Dr. Kennedy has over 20 published manuscripts in such journals as: Experimental Brain Research, Neuroscience Letters, and Psychological Review. In addition, she has over 30 national and international presentations. Dr. Kennedy currently teaches Developmental Issues in Motor Neuroscience, Lifespan Motor Development and Motor Learning.

The ability to coordinate movements between two or more limbs is important for many activities of daily living. Bimanual coordination patterns are difficult to effectively perform when the two limbs are required to perform different movement patterns, move at different velocities and/or move different amplitudes. However, when participants are provided Lissajous information they can quickly tune-in complex bimanual patterns once thought to be difficult or near impossible to perform. The use of LIssajous figures to guide the performance of complex bimanual task will be discussed.