JHU BME

Laboratory for Computational
Motor Control


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Reza Shadmehr

Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Professor of Neuroscience
Johns Hopkins University
720 Rutland Ave
, 410 Traylor Building
Baltimore, MD 21205-2195

 

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Our work focuses on understanding how the human brain perceives the world, how it learns, and how it controls our movements.  We study actions of healthy people, as well as people with neurological disorders.  We look for regularities and use mathematics to ask about the origins of these regularities.  Our approach is non-invasive, aiming to never harm.  Our tools include robotics, brain stimulation, and neuroimaging.  We have two long-term aims:  1) to understand the basic function of the motor structures of the brain including the cerebellum, the basal ganglia, and the motor cortex; and 2) to understand the relationship between how our brain controls our movements, and how it controls our decisions.

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Biological Learning and Control

Computational Neurobiology of Reaching and Pointing

Advances in Computational Motor Control

For prospective graduate students

FMRI compatible robots

Curious Neuroscientist


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410 Traylor Building

416 Traylor Building

410-614-2458

410-614-3424 and 410-614-8266

410-502-2826


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Chris Blackledge

410 502-5928

cblackledge  AT jhu.edu

 

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We built a robotic system to measure motor control in healthy people and patients with neurological disorders.

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We use transcranial magnetic stimulation to activate specific regions of the brain to investigate how they contribute to control of movements.

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We were the first group in the world to build an MRI compatible robot and used it to measure correlates of neural activity in the brain during learning and adaptation.

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We built a two-arm robotic system to help investigate coordination and control in healthy people and in patients with neurological disorders.

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We measure eye movements and quantify how the brain integrates visual information with proprioceptive information.

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We were the first group in the world to use positron emission tomography (PET) to measure neural correlates of motor adaptation in the human brain.

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In collaboration with Dr. Fred Lenz in Hopkins Neurosurgery, we record from single cells in the brain during adaptive control of reaching.

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In collaboration with Dr. David Zee in Hopkins Neurology, we measure eye trajectory during saccades in order to better understand control of eye movements in healthy people and in patients with neurological disorders.