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Sensorimotor Adaptation In Whole-Body Postural Control, Alison Pienciak-Siewert Jan 2016

Sensorimotor Adaptation In Whole-Body Postural Control, Alison Pienciak-Siewert

Mechanical Engineering Graduate Theses & Dissertations

The ability to maintain stable, upright standing is a critical component of our daily activities. This ability requires that we generate appropriate postural control when making voluntary movements and when responding to perturbations, and appropriately adapt that control to compensate for changing conditions. Despite this, adaptation of whole-body postural control is not well understood.

This dissertation investigates the control strategies involved in the adaptation of whole-body postural control and how well this learning transfers to different environments. We used an experimental paradigm in which subjects made reaching movements while standing and holding the handle of a force-generating robotic arm that ...