Alumni of the Laboratory for Computational Motor Control


Kurt Thoroughman


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Kurt Thoroughman, 1996


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Kurt Thoroughman, Reza Shadmehr, and Maurice Smith, Cancun, 1997


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Kurt Thoroughman, 1999


Baltimore, 2012


Baltimore, 2012


Kurt was the first graduate student to join the lab.  He had just completed his BS in Physics from University of Chicago and enrolled in the Hopkins BME program.  He joined in summer of 1995 at a time when the lab consisted of an empty room.  He was instrumental in setting up the robotic apparatus and building the laboratory.  He transformed the direction of motor learning for the next decade by inventing the state-space approach to analyze trial-by-trial data.  He completed his PhD in Biomedical Engineering on 12/1999, with the thesis Human motor learning in stationary and non-stationary novel dynamical environments.   He subsequently did a postdoc at Brandies University with Eve Marder.  He then became a faculty member at Washington University.  He is currently an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Washington University.


His thesis results were published in the following papers:


Learning and memory formation of arm movementsR Shadmehr, Thoroughman K (2000) In: Biomechanics and Neural Control of Movement, J. M. Winters and P. E. Crago (eds), Springer-Verlag, pp. 347-353. 


Learning of action through adaptive combination of motor primitives. KA Thoroughman and R Shadmehr (2000) Nature 407:742-747.  Abstract  News&Views


Electromyographic correlates of learning an internal model of reaching movements. KA Thoroughman and R Shadmehr (1999) Journal of Neuroscience 19:8573-8588.  Abstract 


Human motor learning in stationary and nonstationary novel dynamic environments: psychophysical, electromyographic, and computational verification and extension of the inverse model hypothesis. Kurt A. Thoroughman (1999) PhD Thesis, Johns Hopkins University.