The main focus of our laboratory is on understanding the behavioral and neural mechanisms of skill learning. We are interested in how and what people learn, how transfer of learning occurs, and how these processes are affected by aging.
FMRI studies of skill acquisition
These projects are designed to determine the brain regions that are associated with early and late components of sequence learning and sensorimotor adaptation, and how they change with age. This work is supported by a U-M Rackham faculty grant, an FMRI Center pilot grant, a Research Career Development award from the U-M NIH Pepper Center, and the NIH. Collaborators include Doug Noll, Patti Reuter-Lorenz, and Dan Willingham.
Behavioral studies of skill acquisition
These studies are designed to determine the underlying cognitive processes contributing to sequence learning and sensorimotor adaptation, and how they change with age. This work is supported by a Research Career Development award and the Human Subjects Core from the U-M NIH Pepper Center and the NIH. Collaborators include Patti Reuter-Lorenz and Dan Willingham.
EEG study of skill acquisition
In this experiment, we are determining the relationship between medial frontal negativity and error mechanisms in sensorimotor adaptation. This work is in collaboration with Bill Gehring.
Skill learning in musicians
These projects are utilizing musical training as a model for expertise. We are testing whether musicians trained from a young age exhibit advantages in various types of motor learning. This work is in collaboration with John Jonides, and is supported by the Dana Foundation (Jonides).