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July 25, 2011

APAL members attend Progress in Motor Control VIII conference

APAL-Logo-02.gifMembers of Kinesiology's Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL) attended the Progress in Motor Control VIII conference, July 20-23, in Cincinnati. Those in attendance were PhD students Azizah Jor'dan, Sam Haag, Fu-Chen Chen, Yi-Chou Chen, and Yawen Yu; and Kinesiology movement science professors Tom Stoffregen and Michael Wade. Each of the attendees presented at least one poster, which are listed below:

Samuel Haag & Michael G. Wade. Changes in postural motion and heart rate responses in a gold putting competition

Azizah Jor'dan, Thomas A. Stoffregen, J. Riley Mccarten, & Michael G. Wade. Assessment of movement skills and perceptual judgment in older adults

Fu-Chen Chen & Thomas A. Stoffregen. Postural facilitation of a precision task at sea

Fu-Chen Chen, Michael G. Wade, Chia-Liang Tsai, & Thomas A. Stoffregen. Postural Responses to suprapostural tasks in children with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder

Ken Yoshida & Thomas A. Stoffregen. Manual wielding and the dynamics of liquids

Yi-Chou Chen, Mitch Pajcic, Anthony M. Mayo, & Thomas A. Stoffregen. Visual vigilance tasks influence stance width

Yi-Chou Chen, Jason Dong, Jens Hagstrom & Thomas A. Stoffregen. Control of a virtual avatar influences postural activity and motion sickness

Yawen Yu, Hyun-Chae Chung, Lauren A. Hemingway, & Thomas A. Stoffregen. Postural sway and visual performance in women with and without morning sickness in pregnancy

Anthony M. Mayo, Michael G. Wade, & Thomas A. Stoffregen. Postural effects of the horizon on land and at sea

July 8, 2011

Stoffregen and visiting scholar Hyun-Chae Chung to publish

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Thomas Stoffregen, Kinesiology professor, and visiting scholar Hyun-Chae Chung have had an article accepted for publication in the journal, Research in Developmental Disabilities: "Postural responses to a moving room in children with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder," by Hyun-Chae Chung and Thomas A. Stoffregen.

Professor Chung, lead author of the article, is from Kunsan National University in the Republic of Korea and has been working with Prof. Stoffregen in his Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL) during the past academic year.

July 7, 2011

Wade receives award for scholarship on motor development, ergonomics

WadeM-2009.jpgProfessor Michael Wade, School of Kinesiology, was recognized with the prestigious President's Award from the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) at its recent annual conference in Burlington, VT. NASPSPA is a renowned international society dedicated to the scientific study of motor behavior and sport/exercise psychology. The President's Award is given to scholars who have made a significant impact on the field of kinesiology and especially the NASPSPA organization.

"Mike has been a cornerstone of NASPSPA's longevity and stability, said Jody Jensen, president of NASPSPA. "Mike served the society as president in 1987-1988. He was the senior lecturer in 2002 for Motor Development. Mike worked alongside Rainer Martens, Jack Keogh, and Dick Schmidt in creating NASPSPA's first independent conference held in 1973, and regularly served as program area chair for Motor Development (1984, 1989, 1997). He has been a great mentor to many of us in NASPSPA."

Wade is an internationally recognized scholar in the area of motor development and ergonomics and has been the keynote speaker at conferences from Turkey to Australia, from Taiwan to Egypt. He is a Fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology and other professional organizations.

June 27, 2011

Yu, Kinesiology doctoral candidate, awarded scholarship from Progress in Motor Control VIII organizers

YY_Jan2011.jpg Yawen Yu, a Kinesiology doctoral candidate in the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL), has been awarded a scholarship from the organizers of Progress in Motor Control VIII, which will enable her to attend the conference to present a poster. The conference will be held in Cincinnati July 21-23 2011.  Lauren Hemingway, a co-author on the poster, is a UROP scholar in APAL.  Dr. Hyun-Chae Chung, also a co-author, is an APAL Visiting Scholar for 2010-2011 from Kunsan National University, Korea.

Yu, Y., Hemingway, L., Chung, H.-C., & Stoffregen, T. A. (2011, July). Postural sway and visual performance in women with and without morning sickness in pregnancy.  Poster presented at Progress in Motor Control VIII, Cincinnati.

Chen, Stoffregen and Wade to publish in Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology

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Fu-Chen (Kidd) Chen, a 2011 Kinesiology PhD graduate, along with Kinesiology professors Dr. Michael Wade, Dr. Tom Stoffregen and Dr. C.L. Tsai (Professor at National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan) have an article accepted for publication in Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. The article, "Postural adaptations to a suprapostural memory task among children with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder", completes the publication of Dr. Chen's doctoral dissertation research.

June 16, 2011

U invests in Multi-Sensory Perception research facility

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Juergen Konczak and Thomas Stoffregen, professors in the School of Kinesiology, are among the recipients of an award from the Office of the Vice President for Research's (OVPR) Infrastructure Investment Initiative.

Working in collaboration with the University's academic leadership, OVPR identified 11 key infrastructure projects in support of research and scholarship at the University. "This funding will help support high-end research and scholarly needs that will benefit the entire University community [and] will provide fiscally stable infrastructure that will have a long-term impact," said Vice President for Research Tim Mulcahy.

The award supports the creation of a new Multi-Sensory Perception research facility "to allow researchers to present visual, auditory and haptic stimuli to human subjects in an acoustically and electrically shielded environment, and to measure responses via behavioral (body and eye movement tracking), physiological (heart rate, skin conductance, ECG), and neural responses (EEG techniques).This facility extends the uni-modal capabilities of individual investigators to permit multi-modal experiments, support existing collaborations, and lead to new initiatives."

The award includes the Principal Investigator, Andrew Oxenham, College of Liberal Arts, and 25 co-investigators including Yuhong Jiang, Psychology; Hubert Lim, Biomedical Engineering; Peggy Nelson, Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences; and Stergios Roumeliotis, Computer Science and Engineering.

June 13, 2011

Ph.D. graduate publishes as lead author in Research in Developmental Disabilities

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Fu-Chen (Kidd) Chen, Kinesiology Ph.D. graduate, has published an article as lead author. Dr. Chen is an advisee of Dr. Michael Wade and Dr. Tom Stoffregen and graduated in May with an emphasis in Motor Learning/Motor Development.

Chen, F.-C., Stoffregen, T. A., & Wade, M. G. (2011). Postural responses to a suprapostural visual task among children with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 32, 1948-1956.

June 7, 2011

Kinesiology professor Dr. Juergen Konczak awarded NIH grant

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Dr. Juergen Konczak, biomechanics professor in Kinesiology, and Dr. Peter Watson, associate professor in the Dept. of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, were recently informed that their grant proposal, "Kinasesthetic Loss as a Marker for Spasmodic Dysphonia," will be funded by the NIH. The project will examine if patients with spasmodic dysphonia, a neurological voice disorder, have a generalized deficit in their sense of body awareness. If verified, kinaesthetic testing could be used to differentiate between this disease and other voice disorders with similar symptoms that require a different treatment. Much of the testing will be done in Dr. Konczak's Human Sensorimotor Control Laboratory. The two professors are co-PIs on the grant, which has a funding level of $376,000.

June 1, 2011

Stoffregen's research mentioned in Consumer Reports on Health

The research of Dr. Tom Stoffregen, professor of movement science in Kinesiology, has been mentioned in the May 2011 edition of Consumer Reports on Health. In the column "Say yes? Say no?", Dr. Stoffregen's research was referred to in an item about experiencing motion sickness on boats: "Try staring at the horizon from the deck. A small study of sailors found that it kept them steadier than focusing on a nearer object." The item was based on Dr. Stoffregen's study on motion sickness, which was published in Psychological Science last January.

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May 18, 2011

Konczak receives 2011 Faculty and Staff Summer Research Award

Juergen KonczakDr. Jürgen Konczak, professor of biomechanics in Kinesiology, has been selected to receive a 2011 Faculty and Staff Summer Research Award from CEHD for his project, "Improving motor function in cerebellar patients by exploiting explicit memory mechanisms." The $5000 award was made by the Office of Research and Policy.

Sarah Norgren, Kinesiology B.S. major, awarded UROP grant

A Kinesiology B.S. student will be working with Dr. Jürgen Konczak, biomechanics professor, on a UROP program award next year. Beginning in the Fall, Sarah Norgren will be working in Dr. Konczak's lab on her project, "Effect of Muscle Vibration on Proprioception." Congratulations and welcome, Sarah!

May 16, 2011

Konczak meets with visiting German delegation, president of the Bundestag

Dr. Jürgen Konczak, professor of biomechanics in the School of Kinesiology, had the honor of meeting with Germany's current President of the Bundestag, Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert, on Thursday, May 5. Prof. Dr. Lammert's position in the German Parliament is equivalent to that of Rep. John Boehner, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. The German delegation visited Minnesota last week as part of a mission to promote international relations between Germany and Minnesota.

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Dr. Konczak spoke to Dr. Lammert in his role as a member of the board of the Twin Cities German Immersion School (TCGIS). They discussed the international mission of the school and its unique way of introducing German language and culture to American children. The school will receive a new teaching position next year that is fully funded through a German government grant, which was secured largely through efforts of the school's Grants and External Relations Committee chaired by Dr. Konczak.

The German delegation was honored at a gala of the German-American Chamber of Commerce at the Windows of Minnesota in the IDS Tower in downtown Minneapolis. Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and Dr. Lammert gave the keynote addresses in front of 200 guests, who were entertained by the German Immersion School's string ensemble. Dr. Konczak's son, Till, plays violin in the ensemble.

In above photo, from left to right: Dr. Konczak, Prof. Dr. Lammert, Dr. Andrew Oxenham, U of M Dept. of Psychology

April 27, 2011

Two School of Kinesiology Ph.D. students receive AKA award

Mr. Tony Mayo, Kinesiology Ph.D. student, and Ms. Ya-wen Yu, Kinesiology Ph.D. candidate, recently received awards from the American Kinesiology Association (AKA).

Tony_Mayo.jpgMr. Mayo was nominated by the School's Graduate Programs Committee in February, and has been selected to receive one of the American Kinesiology Association (AKA) Student Writing Awards for 2011. His paper, "Postural Effects of the Horizon on Land and at Sea," co-authored by Dr. Michael Wade and Dr. Tom Stoffregen, was published in Psychological Science in January, 2011. It was judged by the AKA Review Committee "to merit national recognition and to serve as an exemplar of graduate student research or scholarship." The committee noted that the article will make a significant contribution to the literature in the field of kinesiology.

Ms. Yu has been selected as an American Kinesiology Association (AKA) National Graduate Scholar for 2011. The award honors a select number of students whose academic and leadership records are distinctive. These students, who were nominated by faculty, have demonstrated an exceptional interest in the field of kinesiology by undertaking independent or guided research, assuming leadership positions, and having the potential for making a significant impact on the field. Ms. Yu's work with functional impact of postural control on visual performance in diverse situations is highly innovative and in each case she has assumed primary responsibility for conduct of the research.

This is the first year the AKA Graduate Student Writing and Scholar Awards have been presented. Recipients will receive a certificate and will be listed in AKA's archive of awardees on www.americankinesiology.org. A full listing of all award winners is available on the AKA Web site.

Both Mayo and Yu are studying Motor Learning/Motor Development and are advised by Dr. Tom Stoffregen.

April 21, 2011

Kin PhD student Yi-Chou Chen will publish in Encyclopedia of Sports and Physical Education

Yi-Chou Chen, School of Kinesiology Ph.D. student, has had a chapter accepted for publication in the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Sports and Physical Education. Chen has served as editor-in-chief for the Sports of Boxing section of the publication.

Chen and university faculties, scientists, and sport leaders, have been developing the encyclopedia for the past two years. The encyclopedia contains an estimated 9,000 terms from fifteen different scientific disciplines. The finished publication is to be presented by the Ministry of Education in Taiwan by December 2011, and is targeted at K-12 coaches, physical education instructors, university students, and general populations.

Yi-Chou is in his second year of his graduate program with an emphasis on Human Factors/Ergonomics, and is advised by Dr. Thomas Stoffregen.

Congratulations!

April 19, 2011

Stoffregen and two doctoral students have article accepted in Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied

Dr. Thomas Stoffregen, Kinesiology Professor and Director of the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL), and two doctoral students, have had an article accepted for publication. Control of a Virtual Vehicle Influences Postural Activity and Motion Sickness by Xiao Dong, Ken Yoshida, and Thomas A. Stoffregen, was accepted by The Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied.

Xiao Dong is a graduate student in Industrial Engineering, and Ken Yoshida is a Ph.D. candidate in Kinesiology. Both are members of APAL.

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April 15, 2011

Konczak gives invited presentation at UW-Madison

Dr. Juergen Konczak, professor in Kinesiology, gave an invited presentation on body awareness and motor control at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on April 1. His talk was part of the festivities around the Centennial Celebration of the Wisconsin Department of Kinesiology. KonczakJ-2003.jpg

Stoffregen presents at Houston symposium

StoffregenT-2007.jpgDr. Tom Stoffregen, professor in Kinesiology, gave a talk at the 8th Symposium on the Role of the Vestibular Organs in Space Exploration, in Houston, TX on April 9th. His topic was "Postural prediction of motion sickness." The symposium was sponsored by NASA and featured panels with several Space Shuttle and International Space Station astronauts.

March 31, 2011

Kin PhD candidate Azizah Jor'dan awarded Minnesota Gerontological Society scholarship

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Azizah Jor'dan, PhD candidate in Kinesiology, has received the 2011-2012 Bloedow Scholarship Award from the Minnesota Gerontological Society (MGS). The $1,000 award will be presented to Ms. Jor'dan at the MGS Spring Conference on Friday, April 29th, at Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center. Ms. Jor'dan is one of two recipients of the scholarship. She is advised by Prof. Michael G. Wade. Congratulations!

March 8, 2011

Motion effects research gets more press

Stoffregen1T-2007.jpgDr. Tom Stoffregen, professor in Kinesiology, continues to attract attention with his study on the effects of motion created by ships at sea on humans. See the latest coverage at:


http://www.forum.fishgame.com/showthread.php?t=1048

March 4, 2011

Calvin Mai, Kinesiology major, profiled in CEHD article

Calvin Mai transferred to the U of M from UW-Milwaukee in 2008 because he was looking for just the right program (and also to be closer to home). He found it in Kinesiology. Calvin combines his hockey and soccer talents with an interest in a career in health care, possibly physical therapy. He'll graduate this spring with a B.S. Read his story, featured on the CEHD Web site, at:

http://www.cehd.umn.edu/people/profiles/Mai/

March 2, 2011

U of M Moment features motion effects research

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Research by Dr. Tom Stoffregen, Kinesiology professor, and his associates, Ph.D. student Tony Mayo and Professor Michael Wade, has been garnering a lot of attention nationally and internationally over the past few months. See the local story on the research that is the first to prove scientifically the thousands of years of sailing advice at the U of M Moment link: http://www1.umn.edu/news/multimedia/2011/UR_CONTENT_305540.html

February 18, 2011

Stoffregen interviewed by South Carolina newspaper

Stoffregen1T-2007.jpgDr. Tom Stoffregen, professor in Kinesiology, continues to attract attention with his study on the effects of motion created by ships at sea on humans. The article below appeared recently in the Charleston, SC, newspaper, The Post and Courier:

http://www.postandcourier.com/news/2011/feb/07/scientist-explores-sea-legs/

Listen to professor Stoffregen discuss his research on this U of M Moment:










January 28, 2011

Recent presentations, publications from Dr. Juergen Konczak

Juergen KonczakDr. Juergen Konczak, Kinesiology professor, recently gave an invited presentation to the U of M Wellstone Center for Muscular Dystrophy entitled "Altered Proprioception in Focal Dystonia: A Window for Understanding the Disease?"

Dr. Konczak also wrote an invited book chapter on "The Evolution and Development of Human Hand Function" which will appear in a German clinical physiology textbook entitled Brain and Hand: Clinical Diagnosis and Rehabilitation of Hand Dysfunctions published by Springer Verlag.

Kinesiology researchers make waves

Michael Wade Stoffregen1T-2007.jpgProfessor Tom Stoffregen has been researching motion sickness and body sway in his Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory for many years, and on location on ships in various oceans and waterways most recently. His latest article, published with Professor Michael Wade and Ph.D. student Tony Mayo, which appeared in the journal Psychological Science this month, has been attracting a lot of attention around the world.

A recent article in Science Daily, "Centuries of Sailors Weren't Wrong: Looking at the Horizon Stabilizes Posture," notes that "Everybody who has been aboard a ship has heard the advice: if you feel unsteady, look at the horizon ... Thomas A. Stoffregen of the University of Minnesota has been studying how much people rock back and forth in different situations, and what this has to do with motion sickness." More stories on their research have appeared recently in Daily News & Analysis, Science News, and India Talkies.

January 14, 2011

Kinesiology researchers publish in Psychological Science

Anthony Mayo, Ph.D. student in Kinesiology, is the first author on an article published in Psychological Science released January 11. "Postural effects of the horizon on land and sea" examines the effects of looking at the horizon as a way to reduce the body's instability while at sea. Mr. Mayo published the article along with Dr. Michael Wade and Dr. Tom Stoffregen, his adviser:

Postural Effects of the Horizon on Land and at Sea
Anthony M. Mayo, Michael G. Wade, and Thomas A. Stoffregen
Being aboard a ship swaying in the water can result in feelings of instability and can lead to sea sickness. Sea travelers have been told for generations to look at the horizon to help overcome the feelings of instability, but is there any truth to that advice? During a cruise in Mexico, crew members' body sway was measured as they stood on a platform, both at the dock and on the moving ship, and focused on a near target, a far target, or the horizon. On land, standing body sway was greater when participants looked at the horizon than when they looked at a nearby target. On the moving ship, body sway was the smallest when participants looked at the horizon, thus confirming the advice to look at the horizon to stabilize body posture while at sea.

Stoffregen named to scientific committee for international symposium

<a href= Dr. Thomas A. Stoffregen, professor in Kinesiology, has been named to the International Scientific Committee for the 3rd International Symposium on Visual Image Safety. The symposium will be held in Las Vegas, NV, in September 2011.

Wade discusses child mobility in parenting.com article

Michael WadeMichael Wade, professor in the School of Kinesiology, talks about the physics of a child's first steps in a parenting.com article, "Up, Up and Away!," by Dana Sulivan. Wade, an expert in motor learning and performance, human factors, and lifespan development, with research interests in gerontology, disability studies, and human factors, comments on early pediatric physical development relative to ambulatory potential.

December 10, 2010

Stephanie Motiff receives UROP

Stephanie Motiff, pursuing her B.S. in Kinesiology and an undergraduate research assistant in the Affordance Perception Action Laboratory (APAL), has received a UROP award, which will support her research relating movement kinematics to the perception of multiple affordances. She is working with Prof.Tom Stoffregen, director of APAL.

December 6, 2010

Stoffregen gives Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility talk

<a href= School of Kinesiology professor Tom Stoffregen, director of the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory, gave a talk December 3 at the University of Nebraska Omaha's Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility (NBCF) entitled, "Postural Variability: Performance and Exploration."

November 17, 2010

Tony Mayo, Kinesiology Ph.D., will give CCMS colloquium

Kinesiology Ph.D. student Tony Mayo, advised by Prof. Tom Stoffregen, will give a colloquium on "Postural Effects of the Horizon on Land and at Sea" on Monday, November 22, at 4 p.m. in 405 Walter Library. The colloquium is sponsored by the Center for Clinical Movement Science.

November 12, 2010

Stoffregen gives invited address in Seattle

<a href= School of Kinesiology professor Tom Stoffregen gave an invited address on Monday, November 8, at the University of Washington School of Oceanography in Seattle. His talk was titled, "Getting your sea legs: Body posture and visual performance at sea."

November 5, 2010

Stoffregen explains how movies can make you sick

<a href=ABC News/Entertainment.com has bestowed Dr. Tom Stoffregen, movement science professor in the School of Kinesiology, an additional 15 minutes of fame.

Stoffregen was contacted by ABC to comment on "movies that make you ill." He was interviewed as part of an article on the upcoming movie "127 Hours," a true story about a hiker in Utah whose arm became trapped by a boulder, forcing him to amputate it to free himself. The scene was so difficult to watch that six film goers collapsed during the screening. Stoffregen, who was cited for his expertise in motion sickness, discussed the effects on audiences of movies such as "The Blair Witch Project," "Cloverfield," and "2001: A Space Odyssey."

Kinesiology undergraduate awarded UROP

Kinesiology major Lauren Hemingway has received an award from the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). She will be working on projects with Prof. Tom Stoffregen in his Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL).

October 20, 2010

Konczak inducted as Fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology

Juergen KonczakJuergen Konczak, professor of biomechanics in the School of Kinesiology, was inducted October 9 as a Fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology (formerly the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education) at the organization's 80th annual meeting in Williamsburg, VA.

The National Academy of Kinesiology (NAK) is an honorary organization composed of Fellows who have made significant contributions to the field through scholarship and professional service. Konczak joins School of Kinesiology colleagues Mary Jo Kane, Arthur S. Leon, Tom Stoffregen, Michael G. Wade, and Maureen Weiss, who are also NAK Fellows. Congratulations, Professor Konczak!

October 15, 2010

Stoffregen, doctoral advisee publishing in Journal of Motor Behavior

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Kinesiology professor Tom Stoffregen, along with his graduate student, Yawen Yu, and colleague Benoit Bardy, has had a paper accepted for publication in the Journal of Motor Behavior: The paper is titled "Influences of head and torso movement before and during affordance perception" and Ms. Yu is the lead author. The article is based on a study that is part of Ms. Yu's doctoral dissertation project.

September 30, 2010

Kinesiology faculty publish with former doctoral advisee

Kinesiology movement science professors Dr. Michael G. Wade and Dr. Tom Stoffregen have published an article with Dr. Wade's former advisee, Dr. Chih-Hui Chang (Ph.D. Kinesiology, 2006), who is also the lead author:

Chang, C.-H., Wade, M. G., Stoffregen, T. A., Hsu, C.-Y., & Pan, C.-Y. (2010). Visual tasks and postural sway in children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 31, 1536-1542.

September 10, 2010

Konczak and colleagues publish study in journal Stroke

In collaboration with German colleagues from the University Medical Center in Essen, Prof. Juergen Konczak and researchers from the Human Sensorimotor Control Laboratory analyzed the motor performance of patients within days after a cerebellar stroke and then measured their rate of recovery over the next three months. The study revealed that the prognosis for recovery was clearly better when the deeper structures of the cerebellum were spared from stroke - a finding that has important implications for post-stroke treatment.

The results are published in the journal Stroke, which is considered the world's No.1 clinical journal related to stroke research (impact factor 7.04). To freely access the paper visit: http://stroke.ahajournals.org/cgi/reprint/STROKEAHA.110.583641?ijkey=PlrxCexYhfpUbxh&keytype=ref

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Wade invited to present keynote address at University of Leeds

Michael WadeDr. Michael Wade, professor in Kinesiology, will be traveling to England this October to deliver the keynote address for retiring colleague David Sugden, professor of special needs in education in the School of Education, University of Leeds. Dr. Wade and Dr. Sugden have collaborated on numerous projects related to motor development and motor impairment in children. Ten other speakers have been invited to present at the Festschrift ceremony.

Wade invited to serve on editorial review board

Michael WadeDr. Micheal Wade, professor in Kineisology, has been invited to serve on the Review Editorial Board of Frontiers in Movement Science and Sport Psychology, which is a specialty section of the publication Frontiers in Psychology.

August 27, 2010

Stoffregen and students publish in prestigious journal

<a href=Dr. Tom Stoffregen, professor in Kinesiology, has published two articles with students/colleagues in the prestigious journal, Ecological Psychology:

Stoffregen, T. A., Yoshida, K., Villard, S., Scibora, L., & Bardy, B. G. (2010). Stance width influences postural stability and motion sickness. Ecological Psychology, 22, 169-191.

Mantel, B., Bardy, B. G., & Stoffregen, T. A. (2009). Locomotor assessment of whether an object is reachable. Ecological Psychology, 22, 192-211.

Ken Yoshida and Lesley Scibora are doctoral candidates in Kinesiology. Dr. Villard is a Visiting Scholar in Dr. Stoffregen's lab, Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory. Dr. Mantel received the PhD in Sport Science from the Universite de Montpellier-1 (France); Dr. Stoffregen was a member of his PhD committee.

June 9, 2010

Wade, Stoffregen publish with former student

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The article "Visual tasks and postural sway in children with and without autism spectrum disorders" by Chih-Hui Chang, Michael G. Wade, and Thomas A. Stoffregen, has been accepted for publication in Research in Developmental Disabilities.

Dr. Chang received her Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the U of M. Dr. Wade was her adviser and Dr. Stoffregen was on her committee.

May 27, 2010

Stoffregen publishes with advisees, post-doc

<a href=Professor Tom Stoffregen's most recent publication is with Ph.D. candidate Yawen Yu, recent Ph.D. graduate Jane Yank, and former NIH-supported post-doc Sebastien Villard:

Yu, Y., Yank, J. R., Villard, S., & Stoffregen, T. A. (2010). Postural activity and visual vigilance performance during rough seas. Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, in press.


May 21, 2010

Wade awarded 2010 Faculty and Staff Research Award for project on autism

Michael WadeProf. Michael Wade, Kinesiology, has been presented a 2010 Faculty and Staff Research Award for his project, "Sensitivity to biological motion in children with autism spectrum disorder." The $5,000 award is from the CEHD Office of Research and Policy. Dr. David R. Johnson, senior associate dean for research and policy, commented, "This is a great accomplishment given the very competitive set of proposals."


Konczak publishes with doctoral students Aman and Lu

Prof. Juergen Konczak, Kinesiology professor, has published an article with graduate students Joshua Aman and Chiahao Lu titled "The integration of vision and haptic sensing: a computational and neural perspective." It will appear online this month in the journal Cognitive Critique. This is the first review paper to be published by students Aman and Lu, who are Prof. Konczak's assistants in the Human Sensorimotor Control Lab.

May 11, 2010

Stoffregen publishes in Ecological Psychology

Tom StoffregenDr. Tom Stoffregen, professor in Kinesiology, announces a new publication:

Stoffregen, T. A., Yoshida, K., Villard, S., Scibora, L., & Bardy, B. G. (2010). Stance width influences postural stability and motion sickness. Ecological Psychology, in press.

Publication authors Ken Yoshida and Lesley Scibora are School of Kinesiology Ph.D. candidates. Sebastien Villard held a postdoctoral position with Dr. Stoffregen from 2006-08.

May 5, 2010

Prof. Stoffregen welcomes visiting scholar from Korea

Hyun Chae Chung, Assistant Professor of Physical Education at Kunsan National University in Korea, will be a Visiting Scholar in Kinesiology professor <a href=Tom Stoffregen's Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory for one year, beginning this summer. Professor Chung will be working with Professor Stoffregen and Professor Michael Wade on issues relating to the dynamics of perceptual-motor coordination and control.

April 30, 2010

Juergen Konczak honored by American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education

Juergen KonczakProfessor Juergen Konczak, School of Kinesiology, has been elected as an Active Fellow in the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education (AAKPE). He will be inducted at the Annual Academy Meeting, October 7-9, 2010, in Williamsburg, VA.

With Konczak's election, the School of Kinesiology has six Active Fellows in AAKPE: Professors Mary Jo Kane, Arthur Leon, M.D., Tom Stoffregen, Michael Wade, and Maureen Weiss.

Konczak presents at CCE's LearningLife Fest, publishes in Cerebellum

Juergen KonczakProf. Juergen Konczak, Kinesiology, gave a lecture on "The Brain and Physical Activity" to an audience of over 200 people on Saturday, April 17, on the St. Paul campus as part of the LearningLife Fest organized by the College of Continuing Education.

In other activity, and in Prof. Konczak's ongoing international academic collaborations, he and a group of neurologists and neurosurgeons from Germany published the following paper:

Schoch B, Hogan A, Gizewski ER, Timmann D, & Konczak J. Balance control in sitting and standing in children and young adults with benign cerebellar tumors. Cerebellum. 2010 Mar 30. [Epub ahead of print]

April 15, 2010

Kinesiology Ph.D. candidate Kristen Pickett offered postdoc at Washington U

Kristen PickettKristen Pickett, Ph.D. candidate in the School of Kinesiology, has accepted a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis beginning next fall. Pickett will be working with Dr. Gammon Earhart and Dr. Joel Perlmutter at Washington University through a joint appointment in Movement Science, the Department of Physical Therapy, and the Department of Neuroscience in the Medical School.

As part of her fellowship, she will be working on an MRI/Parkinson's disease study that will look at patients' gait function and brain function in the pathology group. Pickett will be traveling to a conference in Glasgow, Scotland next fall with her WU research team to present her work. She is an advisee of Dr. Juergen Konczak.

April 9, 2010

Center For Clinical Movement Science will host CCMS Research Day 2010 on April 16

The Center for Clinical Movement Science invites faculty and students to its second annual 2010 Research Day on Friday, April 16. CCMS Research Day is an opportunity for faculty, medical and allied health professionals, and graduate students to interact in an interdisciplinary forum and to learn more about each others' work.

April 16
11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
400 Walter Library
Free lunch buffet for Research Day participants

Keynote Address at 2 p.m.: "The Representation of Space and Time Through Sensory-Motor Learning"
Ferdinando Mussa-Ivaldi, Northwestern University and Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Dr. Mussa-Ivaldi is an international expert on motor learning and control.

For more information, contact John Anderson, 612-626-0685, anders00@umn.edu.

March 25, 2010

Wade delivers keynote at AAHPERD

Michael WadeMichael Wade, Ph.D., professor of movement science in the School of Kinesiology, delivered a keynote address to the Motor Learning and Development Academy of the Research Consortium at the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) annual convention in Indianapolis on March 17. The title of the address was "Lifespan Motor Development: Movement by Design and Movement that Informs."

Kinesiology alum receives prestigious award at AAHPERD

School of Kinesiology sport psychology alumnus Dr. Jin Wang (Ph.D. 1992) received the R. Tait McKenzie Award from the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) last week during the annual convention. This award is bestowed by AAHPERD in recognition of distinguished service by members who reflect prestige, honor and dignity in their work. Dr. Wang is a professor and coordinator of coaching education at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, where he specializes in sport psychology and motor learning.

Dr. Wang was advised by Prof. Diane Wiese-Bjornstal and Prof. Michael Wade.

March 12, 2010

Konczak presents on iCub, Parkinson's disease

Juergen KonczakJuergen Konczak, Ph.D., biomechanics professor in Kinesiology, gave a talk on "iCub, computational modeling and the motor development of humans" on January 18 at the European Workshop on iCub Robotics. The iCub is a small humanoid robot being designed by the RobotCub Consortium, a group of several European universities that are using the robot to study cognition through the implementation of biological motivated algorithms.

Konczak also presented February 16 at a workshop held at McNamara Center on "Parkinson's Disease in Minnesota and Beyond: From Awareness to Action," sponsored by the Parkinson's Association of Minnesota. The workshop drew a large number of patients and clinicians from around the area. Konczak's presentation was titled, "Problems of body awareness in Parkinson's disease and what can be done about it."

January 14, 2010

Stoffregen PI on Medtronic contract investigating physician's movement

Tom StoffregenThomas Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology, will serve as PI in collaboration with Dr. Paul Cassidy, Medtronic Human Factors Scientist (and a graduate of the School of Kinesiology) on a Medtronic-funded research contract for $32,167 entitled "Coronary Valve Experiments." The 5-month contract includes a graduate research assistant position for Kinesiology Ph.D. candidate Ken Yoshida and supports research on the role of a physician's movements in implanting coronary valves by running them to the heart through arteries.

December 22, 2009

Stoffregen publishes with students

Tom StoffregenThomas Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology, has published an article with four of his students. Yawen Yu and Jane Redfield Yank are graduate students in Kinesiology. Sebastien Villard was a post-doc in APAL, and Yasunobu Katsumata, who is a doctoral student at Toyohashi University of Technology (Japan) spent a summer working in APAL as a visiting Research Assistant.

Yu, Y., Yank, J. R., Katsumata, Y., Villard, S., Kennedy, R. S., & Stoffregen, T. A. (2009). Visual vigilance performance and standing posture at sea. Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, in press.

December 14, 2009

Konczak publishes article related to collaborative work with Koronis Biomedical

Juergen KonczakDr. Juergen Konczak, biomechanics professor in Kinesiology, has published an article related to his ongoing collaborative project with a Minnesota biomedical company, Koronis Biomedical. The article is titled A wireless system for the objective assessment of dyskinesia.Authors are Riehle T, Lichter P, Konczak J, & Anderson S. It was published in Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2009;1:3830-2.

December 7, 2009

Leitschuh co-authors 9th edition of adapted physical education textbook

Carol Leitschuh Dr. Carol Leitschuh, Kinesiology lecturer, is co-author of the 9th edition of Special Physical Education to be published in 2010. She co-authored the text with Dr. John M. Dunn, president of Western Michigan University.

This is one of only a handful of textbooks published in America but used world-wide to specifically address pedagogy in adapted physical education/activity. Included in the new text is a chapter on "Nutrition for Healthy Children," which debunks myths about nutrition and offers interventions for the classroom and in family and community systems.

November 18, 2009

Konczak publishes in Journal of Motor Behavior

Juergen KonczakDr. Juergen Konczak, professor in biomechanics, has published an article in the November issue of Journal of Motor Behavior:

Konczak J, Corcos DM, Horak F, Poizner H, Shapiro M, Tuite P, Volkmann J, Maschke M. Proprioception and motor control in Parkinson's disease. J Mot Behav. 2009 Nov;41(6):543-52.

The article originated from an interdisciplinary University-sponsored workshop on Proprioception and Motor Control in Parkinson's Disease that Prof. Konczak organized in September 2008 and represents the collective expertise from several national and international experts in this area.

November 2, 2009

Konczak will present Nov. 4 for Graduate Program in Neuroscience Colloquium Series

Juergen KonczakJuergen Konczak, Ph.D., professor in Kinesiology, will give a talk Wednesday, November 4, on "Lesion-symptom mapping of the human cerebellum." His presentation, part of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience Colloquium Series, will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 2-101, Hasselmo Hall.

October 7, 2009

Wade presents in Taiwan; Keynote speaker at 2010 AAHPERD Convention

Michael WadeMichael Wade, Ph.D., professor in Kinesiology, is in Taiwan October 6-12 to give two invited presentations at Cheng-Kung University in the city of Tainan. He will also be visiting students and faculty at National Taiwan Normal University and Kaohsiung University. Several former Kinesiology Ph.D. students have faculty positions in both universities.

Wade has also been invited to give the keynote address at the 2010 AAHPERD Convention March 17, 2010, in Indianapolis. The conference will be sponsored by the Motor Development and Learning Academy. The title of his address will be, "Lifespan Motor Development: Movement by Design and Movement that Informs."

October 2, 2009

Konczak to present at upcoming Conference on Epigenetic Robotics

Juergen KonczakThe organizers of the Ninth International Conference on Epigenetic Robotics have invited Juergen Konczak, Ph.D., professor of biomechanics, and colleagues to present a paper that will subsequently be published in a peer-reviewed engineering journal. This is the second paper this year originating from Konczak's collaboration with the Italian Institute of Technology, where he spent a recent sabbatical. Konczak is the senior author of the paper. The conference will be held November 12-14.

The paper models data of the early reaching movements of human babies to better understand their control problems and underlying neural control structures, knowledge that will be used for the control of a humanoid robot called iCub that is being developed in Europe. For a view of the iCub see the article at Euronews or the Human Sensorimotor Control lab.

The preliminary reference of the paper is: Nori F., Sandini G., Konczak J. (2009). Can imprecise internal motor models explain ataxic hand trajectories during reaching in young infants? Proceedings of 9th International Conference on Epigenetic Robotics.

September 14, 2009

Doctoral candidate Jane Yank presents at International Graphonomics Society in France

Kinesiology doctoral candidate Jane Yank is presenting at the International Graphonomics Society meeting at the University of Bourgogne, Dijon, France, September 13-16, 2009. The topic of her talk is "Visuomotor Tracking in a Pursuit Loop-drawing Task," in which she discusses the effects of concurrent visual feedback on timing and fluidity in hand movements.

Ms. Yank co-authored the paper with Arend Van Gemmert, Ph.D., Louisiana State University. Ms. Yank's adviser is Dr. Michael Wade.

September 11, 2009

Stoffregen announces publication

<a href=Tom Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor in Kinesiology, announces the publication of an article he wrote with a colleague and a graduate student in the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL). Sebastien Villard, Ph.D., was an NIH-funded post-doc in APAL. Yawen Yu is a graduate student in APAL.

Stoffregen, T. A., Villard, S., & Yu, Y. (2009). Body sway at sea for two visual tasks and three stance widths. Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, in press.

September 10, 2009

Stoffregen presents research to Department of Otolaryngology

<a href=Tom Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor in Kinesiology, will present Body Sway and Motion Sickness at the Department of Otolaryngology Research Seminar at 5:00 PM on September 16, 2009 in the Phillips Wangensteen Building room 8-335.

Konczak publishes with Italian colleagues

Juergen Konczak Juergen Konczak, Ph.D., professor in Kinesiology, announces the publication of an article he wrote with a research group from the Department of Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, at the Italian Institute of Technology. This work was performed during Konczak's single-semester leave last spring in Genova, Italy.

Sciutti A, Squeri V, Gori M, Masia L, Sandini G, & Konczak J. Predicted sensory feedback derived from motor commands does not improve haptic sensitivity. Experimental Brain Research, 2009 Sep 4. [Epub ahead of print]

September 4, 2009

Wade publishes with former student

Michael Wade Michael Wade, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology, and his former graduate student, James Hackney Ph.D., have published a new article.

Hackney, J. M., Wade,M. G., Larson, C., Smith, J. P., & Rakow,J., Impairment in anterior cruciate ligament reconstructed subjects in adjusting ground reaction forces in running. Physical Therapy Theory and Practice, in press.

Stoffregen adds publications to his record with help from students

<a href=Tom Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor in Kinesiology, has published two new articles in the field of movement science. Several of his current and former students also contributed to these articles.

Fu-Chen Chen and Ya-Wen Yu are kinesiology graduate students in working in the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL). Sebastien Villard, Ph.D., was an NIH-funded post-doc in APAL. Chunggon Kim, Ph.D., received his doctoral degree under Stoffregen's guidance. Drs. Ito and Bardy are (respectively) Japanese and French research collaborators.

His most recent articles follow.

Stoffregen, T. A., Villard, S., Kim, C., Ito, K., & Bardy, B. G. (2009). Coupling of head and body movement with motion of the audible environment. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 35, 1221-1231.
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Stoffregen, T. A., Chen, F.-C., Yu, Y., & Villard, S. (2009). Stance width and angle at sea: Effects of sea state and body orientation. Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, in press.

August 18, 2009

Konczak and Nowak publish on Parkinson's disease in Movement Disorders

Juergen KonczakJuergen Konczak Ph.D., professor in Kinesiology, has published a new article, "Arbitrary visuomotor mapping during object manipulation in Parkinson's disease." The article, published in the international journal Movement Disorders, was written in collaboration with Dennis Nowak, Ph.D., a neurologist and former research fellow in Konczak's Human Sensorimotor Control Laboratory. Nowak now heads the Kipfenberg Clinic, a neurological rehabilitation center near Munich, Germany.

The study investigates whether subjects with Parkinson's disease are able to use arbitrary color cues linked to the mass of an object to allow the person to choose an appropriate grip force in lifting the object. The data imply that Parkinson's disease does not preclude the ability of visuomotor mapping in a task involving gripping and lifting.

July 21, 2009

Konczak gives invited presentation in Italy

Juergen KonczakJuergen Konczak, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology gave a presentation recently at a four day international workshop on Musculoskeletal Systems and Computational Neuroscience. The workshop was organized by the Polytechnical University of Milan. Konczak presented on how well children recover their motor and cognitive function after removal of a tumor in the cerebellum.

July 7, 2009

15th International Conference on Perception and Action will be held at U of M July 12-17

ICPA 15 logoThe 15th International Conference on Perception and Action (ICPA-15) will be held July 12-17, 2009, at the Continuing Education and Conference Center on the St. Paul campus. Hosted by the University's School of Kinesiology, the Center for Cognitive Sciences, and the Center for Clinical Movement Science, and the International Society for Ecological Psychology, this conference will bring together researchers from multidisciplinary backgrounds to discuss issues broadly related to perception and action. Session and poster topics cover a wide range of areas, such as robotics, human and animal cognition, human factors and tool use, speech-language production and perception, and dynamical systems modeling. The conference, which has attracted over 100 academics and professionals from around the world, is coordinated by School of Kinesiology professors Tom Stoffregen and Michael Wade.

May 22, 2009

Konczak publishes with international colleagues

Juergen KonczakJuergen Konczak, professor in Kinesiology, has just published two articles as part of his ongoing collaboration with a group of neurologists at the University Medical Centre Essen, Germany.

Kronenbuerger M, Konczak J, Ziegler W, Buderath P, Frank B, Coenen VA, Kiening K, Reinacher P, Noth J, Timmann D. Balance and Motor Speech Impairment in Essential Tremor. In Cerebellum. 2009 May 19. [Epub ahead of print]

Timmann D, Konczak J, Ilg W, Donchin O, Hermsdörfer J, Gizewski E, Schoch B.
Current advances in lesion-symptom mapping of the human cerebellum. . In Neuroscience 2009 Jan 26. [Epub ahead of print]

May 21, 2009

Stoffregen and Yank to publish in Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness

Tom StoffregenTom Stoffregen, Ph.D. professor in Kinesiology has published an article with Jane Yank, Ph.D. candidate in Kinesiology.

"The Postural Responses of Adults Who Are Blind to a Moving Environment" by Thomas A. Stoffregen, Kiyohide Ito, Philip Hove, Jane Redfield Yank, and Benoit G. Bardy, has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness.

May 14, 2009

Stoffregen publishes with international colleagues

Tom StoffregenTom Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor in Kinesiology, published in collaboration with two colleagues: Bruno Mantel and Benoit Bardy, Ph.D., at the University of Montpellier-1, France. Mantel is a student working toward his Ph.D. under the supervision of Bardy and Stoffregen.

Mantel, B., Bardy, B. G., & Stoffregen, T. A. (2009). Locomotor assessment of whether an object is reachable. Ecological Psychology, in press.

May 7, 2009

Chang, Wade, & Stoffregen publish

Michael WadeTom StoffregenNickie Chang, Ph. D., Michael Wade, Ph.D., professor in Kinesiology, and Tom Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor in Kinesiology, have a recent paper to be published in the Journal of Motor Behavior. Chang is a former School of Kinesiology Ph.D. student. Wade served as Chang's adviser.

Chang, C.-H., Wade, M. G., & Stoffregen, T. A. (2009). Perceiving affordances for aperture passage in an environment-person-person system. Journal of Motor Behavior, in press.

Leitschuh gives invited presentation in Czech Republic

Carol Leitschuh Carol Leitschuh, Ph.D., research associate in Kinesiology, who is on sabbatical this semester at Palacky University in the Czech Republic, gave an invited presentation on April 9th to faculty and graduate students of the Psychology Department at The University of New York at Prague. The title of her talk was "The value of a physically active life: Infancy - youth." Leitschuh also gave this presentation April 28th to faculty, graduate and undergraduate students in the School of Pedagogy at Palacky University.


Konczak gives invited presentations in France

Juergen KonczakJuergen Konczak, Ph.D., professor in Kinesiology, who is on sabbatical in Geneva, Italy, gave two invited presentations in France on May 4 and 5. In Paris he presented to the College de France, one of the oldest premier research institutions in the country. The title of his talk was "The cerebellum and motor control: Lessons from how well children recover from injury to the cerebellum."

At the University of Dijon, Konczak spoke to an interdisciplinary group of musicians, pediatricians, and movement scientists on "Learning how to play the violin: insights into how children acquire complex motor skills."

April 29, 2009

Konczak publishes and presents

Juergen KonczakJuergen Konczak, Ph.D., professor in Kinesiology, who is on sabbatical this semester in Geneva, Italy, gave an invited presentation on April 22 to clinicians at a teaching hospital in Trier, Germany. The title of his talk was "Funktionelle Erholung nach Kleinhirnschaedigung (Functional recovery after injury to the cerebellum)."

Results from his research laboratory and from his international collaboration were recently published in Journal of Motor Behavior and Gait and Posture.

Konczak J., VanderVelden, H., Jaeger, L. (2009). Learning to play the violin: motor control by freezing not freeing degrees of freedom. Journal of Motor Behavior, May;41(3):243-52. [see http://hsc.umn.edu/ for details]

Buderath, P., Gärtner, K., Frings, M., Christiansen, H., Schoch, B., Konczak, J., Gizewski, E.R., Hebebrand, J., Timmann, D. (2009). Postural and gait performance in children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Gait and Posture, Feb; 29(2):249-254. Epub 2008 Oct 28.

April 24, 2009

Center for Clinical Movement Science holds Research Day

The Center for Clinical Movement Science, whose membership includes many faculty and graduate students in the School of Kinesiology, held its first Research Day on Friday, Aprli 17. Photos of the event may be seen at the CCMS Web site.

March 31, 2009

Stoffregen speaks at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Tom StoffregenTom Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor in Kinesiology, gave an invited colloquium in the Department of Cognitive Science at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, on the topic of "Postural instability and motion sickness" on March 25.

March 18, 2009

Stoffregen postural stability research in Scientific American

Tom StoffregenThe research of Tom Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor in Kinesiology, is the subject of an article in the News Scan section of the April, 2009, Scientific American. Stoffregen's controversial theories on postural instability as the cause of motion sickness are featured.

In addition, Prof. Stoffregen has had the following article accepted by Motor Control. Two of the authors, Russ Giveans and Jane Yank, are his doctoral students.Sebastien Villard spent worked with him as a post-doctoral student.

Stoffregen, T. A., Giveans, M. R., Villard, S., Yank, J. R., & Shockley, K. (2009). Interpersonal postural coordination on rigid and non-rigid surfaces.

February 3, 2009

Stoffregen publishes two journal articles

Thomas StoffregenTom Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor in Kinesiology has published two new journal articles.

Stoffregen, T. A., Yang, C.-M., Giveans, M. R., Flanagan, M., & Bardy, B. G. (2009). Movement in the perception of an affordance for wheelchair locomotion. Ecological Psychology, 21, 1-36.

Faugloire, E., Stoffregen, T. A., & Bardy, B. G. (2009). (De)Stabilization of required and spontaneous postural dynamics with learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 35, 170-187.

Also of note is that in the first article listed above the second, third and forth authors were working under Stoffregen's supervision. Chih-Mei Yang, Ph.D., received his doctoral degree in kinesiology from the University of Minnesota. Russ Giveans is currently a Ph.D. candidate in kinesiology, and Moira Flanagan was a post-doc in the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory, 2005-2007.

The study that formed the basis for the second article above was supported by grants from the European Commission and from the National Science Foundation.

January 23, 2009

Konczak publishes in journal Neuroscience

Jürgen KonczakJuergen Konczak, Ph.D., professor in Kinesiology, has had a collaborative paper with colleagues from Israel (Ben Gurion University, Negev) and Germany (University of Essen, University of Tuebingen, and EKN Munich) accepted by Neuroscience. Titled "Current Advances in Lesion-Symptom Mapping of the Human Cerebellum," the paper summarizes the methodology of MRI-based lesion symptom mapping of the human cerebellum and discusses its potential for gaining insights into cerebellar function.

October 21, 2008

Leitschuh presents in Italy

Carol Leitschuh, Ph.D. research associate in the Department of Kinesiology, was invited to present in September at Italy's Universita Degli Sudi Roma "La Sapienza," Dipartimento di Psicologia (Psychology Department). Carol's presentation was entitled "Movement of Babies Born Premature." In addition, productive meetings were held with graduate faculty and students on the progress of their research on assessing infants, toddlers, and preschoolers using Carol's tool for monitoring movement skill development at these very young ages.

September 29, 2008

Stoffregen: Recent publications

StoffregenProfessor Tom Stoffregen (Kinesiology) has had two articles accepted for publication and three recent publications on findings from research supported by his NIH, NSF, and/or European grants.

  • Stoffregen, T. A., Villard, S., Kim, C., Ito, K., & Bardy, B. G. (2008). Coupling of head and body movement with motion of the audible environment. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, in press.
  • Faugloire, E., Stoffregen, T. A., & Bardy, B. G. (2008). (De)Stabilization of required and spontaneous postural dynamics with learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, in press.
  • Bonnet, C. T., Faugloire, E. M., Riley, M. A., Bardy, B. G., & Stoffregen, T. A. (2008). Self-induced motion sickness and body movement during passive restraint. Ecological Psychology, 20, 121-145.
  • Stoffregen, T. A., Faugloire, E., Yoshida, K, Flanagan, M., & Merhi, O. (2008). Motion sickness and postural sway in console video games. Human Factors, 50, 322-331.
  • Villard, S., Flanagan, M. B., Albanese, G., & Stoffregen, T. A. (2008). Postural instability and motion sickness in a virtual moving room. Human Factors, 50, 332-345.

Tom published with current and former graduate students Ken Yoshida, Cedric Bonnet, and Omar Merhi, and postdoctoral associates Sebastien Villard, Moira Flanagan, and Elise Faugloire.

September 16, 2008

Konczak: Recent publications

KonczakProfessor Jürgen Konczak (Kinesiology) has just published two journal articles.

  • "Increased basal-ganglia activation performing a non-dystonia-related task in focal dystonia" was published in European Journal of Neurology, 2008, vol. 15, pp. 831-838. Authors are M.Obermann, O.Yaldizi, A. de Greiff, J. Konczak, M.L. Lachenmayer, F. Tumczak, A.R. Buhl, N. Putzki, J. Vollmer-Haase, E.R. Gizewski, H.C. Diener, and M. Maschke.

  • "Haptic perception of object curvature in Parkinson's Disease" was published in Public Library of Science ONE, 2008. Authors are Jürgen Konczak, Kuan-yi Li, Paul J. Tuite, and Howard Poizner (Kuan-yi Li is a doctoral student of Jürgen's.)


May 22, 2008

Leitschuh wins U.S. Fulbright

LeitschuhCarol Leitschuh, research associate and lecturer in adapted physical education in the School of Kinesiology, has received a coveted Fulbright Award for 2009. She will be teaching and conducting research in the Czech Republic. According to the Fulbright office, Leitschuh is the first Kinesiology academic in the United States to win the award.