Neural Control of Hand and Finger Movements
Our lab investigates how the brain controls movements of the body, and translates our findings to advance brain-machine interface technology for restoration and repair of lost or damaged neurological function. A longstanding line of investigation explores control of fine finger movements, like those used in typing, playing a musical instrument, or performing delicate surgery. More recent work explores the combination of reaching, grasping, and manipulating. Currently, we are working on projects that investigate the voluntary control of neuronal activity, the modulation of mirror neuron populations, and the ability to inject information into the brain using intracortical microstimulation.
On-going projects include the following: