Natalia Dounskaia

Home Faculty Natalia Dounskaia
Department: 
School of Nutrition and Health Promotion
Research Interests: 
Neurologic/Psychiatric Disease

In the Motor Control Lab, we believe that control of human movements takes advantage of biomechanical properties of the human limbs. With this starting point, we investigate basic principles underlying control of human movements and how control changes in special populations. Specifically, our research projects have been related to development of the Leading Joint Hypothesis as an interpretation of multi-joint movement control, effect of aging and Parkinson’s Disease on control of multi-joint arm movements, origins of submovements during reaching and pointing movements in norm, aging, and Parkinson’s disease, differences in organization of discrete and cyclical movements, arm’s geometry and its influence on kinematic characteristics of hand movements, organization and control of handwriting, and coordination of bimanual movements.