School of Kinesiology professor Jürgen Konczak, Ph.D., gave a keynote address last Thursday, March 30, at the 12th Annual Spring Conference of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Kentucky. The conference had approximately 900 attendees, mostly from the medical and engineering sciences, as well as practitioners from across the state. Konczak spoke on robotic rehabilitation and their impact for future neurorehabilitation therapies and diagnostics.
Members of the Human Sensorimotor Control Lab (HSCL) in the School of Kinesiology attended the Hmong International Academy for a community outreach event last Thursday evening, March 30. The Academy, a culturally specific school for children Pre-K through Grade 8, asked several departments at the U of M to attend Family Fun Night to share information about their work and research for families and their children who attend the school.
Kinesiology doctoral students Jessica Holst-Wolf, Arash Mahnan and I-Ling Yeh set up three mini-stations demonstrating EMG (electromyography) technology, postural control, and how to measure haptic sensitivity, or sense of touch, and provided general information about kinesiology and movement science. HSCL lab director is Kinesiology professor Jürgen Konczak, Ph.D.
Ruth Rath, Ph.D. student in Kinesiology, and Michael Wade, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology, have written an article on posture and aging to be published in EBioMedicine, a journal that specializes in publishing research and commentary on translational medicine.
The title of the article is, “The two faces of postural control in older adults: Stability and Function.”
Wade is a research scientist in Kinesiology’s Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL) and Rath is a graduate assistant and graduate student researcher in the lab. She is advised by Wade and Kinesiology professor Tom Stoffregen, Ph.D.
The cover story of the March 18 issue of Science News includes the latest research being conducted by Tom Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL). Stoffregen is quoted extensively on his work related to virtual reality, motion sickness, and the sex connection.
The journal Veterinary Clinics: Equine Practice has published a summary of the most influential papers in equine medicine for 2016. One of these is by Human Sensorimotor Control Laboratory (HSCL) colleagues in collaboration with a group of equine veterinarians from the University of Minnesota/Michigan State University. The paper is entitled “The Equine Movement Disorder “Shivers” Is Associated with Selective Cerebellar Purkinje Cell Axonal Degeneration.”
Valberg SJ, Lewis SS, Shivers JL, Barnes NE, Konczak J, Draper AC, Armién AG. Vet Pathol. 2015 Nov;52(6):1087-98. doi: 10.1177/0300985815571668
Tom Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology, was interviewed about his research related to motion sickness and virtual reality for the March 18 edition of ScienceNews. A number of researchers believe that sensory mismatch is to blame for the motion sickness that can be present with virtual reality use, but Stoffregen believes that instability is the culprit. The full article can be accessed here.
Stoffregen also is lab director for the School’s Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory.
Y-Ting Tseng, Sanaz Khosravani, and Arash Mahnan, all graduate students in the Human Sensorimotor Control Laboratory (HSCL), together with their adviser Juergen Konczak, Ph.D., professor and lab director, published in the journal Kinesiology Review. Their review titled “Exercise as Medicine for the Treatment of Brain Dysfunction: Evidence for Cortical Stroke, Cerebellar Ataxia, and Parkinson’s Disease” addresses the role of exercise as an intervention for treating neurological disease. It focuses on three major neurological diseases that either present in acute or neurodegenerative forms—Parkinson’s disease, cerebellar ataxia, and cortical stroke.
The paper is part of a series of invited papers from the National Academy of Kinesiology that appear in Kinesiology Review. Maureen Weiss, Ph.D. serves as the current editor of the journal.
In his talk, “Does theorizing about Developmental Coordination Disorder inform diagnosis and intervention?”, Dr. Wade will comment on the empirical data and conclusions as to the possible cause of developmental coordination disorder. He argues that the data for an information theory explanation is not compelling, and a reconsideration of developmental coordination disorder from a dynamical systems perspective is perhaps more promising.
Thomas Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL), has accepted an appointment to the editorial board for Gait & Posture, one of the pre-eminent journals in the field of Movement Science. The journal is a vehicle for the publication of up-to-date basic and clinical research on all aspects of locomotion and balance.
A study by Thomas Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL), along with Bruno Mantel and Benoit G. Bardy, has been accepted for publication in Ecological Psychology. The article is titled “The senses considered as one perceptual system.”
While peer-reviewed, the article was invited as part of a special issue commemorating the 50th anniversary of the publication of The Senses Considered as Perceptual Systems, by James J. Gibson, one of the foundational statements of the Ecological Approach to Perception and Action.
Dr. Mantel is on the faculty at the University of Caen, while Dr. Bardy is on the faculty at the University of Montpellier, both in France.
Together with colleagues from Italy and Singapore, Jürgen Konczak, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Human Sensorimotor Control Lab, published a paper that presents a new method to measure proprioception in children. Francesca Marini, a doctoral student at the Italian Institute of Technology, is the first author of the article, “Robot-aided developmental assessment of wrist proprioception in children.“
Neurodevelopmental disorders and brain injuries in children have been associated with proprioceptive dysfunctions that will negatively affect their movements. Unfortunately, the knowledge of how proprioception evolves in typically developing children is still sparse due to the lack of reliable clinical examination protocols.
Thomas Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL), is quoted in the Science News section of ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). In the article, he discusses seasickness and how to prevent it, based on his research on motion sickness and postural sway.
The research study “Perceiving nested affordances for another person’s actions” co-authored by Thomas Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL), has been accepted for publication in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.
The other co-authors are:
- Dr. Jeffrey Wagman, Illinois State University
- Jiuyang Bai, Ph.D. Student at Illinois State University
- Daniel Schloesser, Masters Student at Illinois State University
The research study “The rim and the ancient mariner: The nautical horizon affects postural sway in older adults,” co-authored by School of Kinesiology’s Thomas Stoffregen, Ph.D., director of the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL), and Michael Wade, Ph.D., has been published in the widely read science journal, PLOS ONE.
The other co-authors are:
- Justin Munafo, APAL grad student and Ph.D. candidate
- Dr. Nick Stergiou, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Jürgen Konczak, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology, has received an appointment as 2017 Visiting Professor at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). TUM is one of Germany’s premier science institutions, comparable in scope to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the U.S. The TUM visiting professorship is awarded to scientists with an outstanding international reputation to promote intensive collaborations with TUM researchers.
As part of the professorship, Konczak will join the prestigious TUM Institute of Advanced Studies as an Honorary Fellow and is expected to give lectures to students, faculty and the university community. In addition, he will join the research team of Dr. Hermsdörfer in TUM’s Department of Movement and Health Sciences. The award provides the funds for Dr. Konczak’s stay in Munich and he will join the TUM faculty during the summer months in 2017.
Thomas Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL), is quoted in the online magazine NewScientist.com. The article, “Posture could explain why women get more VR sickness than men,” is based on Stoffregen’s recently published study in Experimental Brain Research.
In the research study, Stoffregen and his students Justin Munafo and Meg Diedrick found that the gaming headset Oculus Rift causes more nausea in women than in men.
Global sporting goods manufacturer Wilson Sporting Goods Company introduced a new line of high-technology performance tennis rackets that were field-tested in the School of Kinesiology’s Human Sensorimotor Control Laboratory (HSCL) directed by Jürgen Konczak, Ph.D. The participants were experts recruited from the U of M varsity tennis men’s and women’s teams, and testing took place at the U of M Tennis Center.
In tennis, the ball hitting the racket during tennis strokes induces a vibration of the racket frame, which transfers to the arm of the players. High vibration transfer may cause discomfort, induce earlier onset of fatigue and, with repeated exposure, increases injury risk. A racket design that can effectively reduce vibration transfer from the racket to the player’s arm should mitigate these negative vibration effects and aid to stabilize or improve a player’s performance.
Thus Wilson used Countervail technology, a one-of-a-kind layered carbon fiber that was originally designed for the aerospace industry to dissipate vibrational energy in airplanes. Strategic amounts of this material were incorporated into their new Blade performance tennis racket. HSCL measured the vibration in the rackets and determined how much these vibrations transferred to the arm, then compared the vibration behavior of this new design to another commercially available racket. In addition, the electrical signals from several arm muscles were recorded during the play to obtain electrophysiological markers of muscle fatigue.
A main finding of the study is that the new Countervail technology effectively reduces the vibration at the racket, which potentially can help players play longer while maintaining the precision of their strokes.
Read about the announcement on the 10sBalls.com blog.
Thomas Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL), is quoted in the online magazine ScienceNews.org. The article, “Virtual reality raises real risk of motion sickness,” is based on Stoffregen’s recently published study in Experimental Brain Research.
In the research study, Stoffregen and his students Justin Munafo and Meg Diedrick found that the gaming headset Oculus Rift causes nausea moreso in women than in men.
Thomas Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor and director of the School of Kinesiology’s Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL), has accepted an invitation to serve on the Scientific Committee for the International Conference on Physical Education and Sport Science, held October 2-4, 2017 in Cappadocia, Turkey.
The research study “The virtual reality head-mounted display Oculus Rift induces motion sickness and is sexist in its effects,” by Justin Munafo, Meg Diedrick, and Thomas Stoffregen, Ph.D., has been published in the journal Experimental Brain Research.
Thomas Stoffregen is the director of the School of Kinesiology’s Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL) where Justin Munafo, a Kinesiology PhD student and DOVE scholar, and Meg Diedrick, an undergraduate research assistant supported by a Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) award, are advised by Dr. Stoffregen.