Laboratory for Computational Motor Control
Pavan Vaswani and Sarah Pekny, 2010.
Sarah Pekny, 2011
Sarah Pekny and Maurice Smith, 2011
April 2011, with Adrian Haith, John Krakauer, and Michelle Harran
Sarah joined the lab in 2009 as a graduate student in the BME PhD program, after completing her BS in Bioengineering with honors from Penn State University. Her research interests include the role of reinforcement in formation of motor memories.
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Her research results were published in the following papers:
Reward dependent modulation of movement variability. SE Pekny, J Izawa, and R Shadmehr (2015) Journal of Neuroscience 35:4015-4024.
Optimizing effort: increased efficiency of motor memory with time away from practice.SE Pekny and R Shadmehr (2015) Journal of Neurophysiology, 113:445-454.
Motor learning relies on integrated sensory inputs in ADHD, but over-selectively on proprioception in Autism spectrum conditions. J Izawa, SE Pekny, MK Marko, C Haswell, R Shadmehr, and SH Mostofsky (2012) Autism Research 5:124-136.
Stimulation of the human motor cortex alters generalization patterns of motor learning. JJ Orban de Xivry, MK Marko, SE Pekny, D Pastor, J Izawa, P Celnik, and R Shadmehr (2011) Journal of Neuroscience 31:7102-7110.
Protection and expression of human motor memories. SE Pekny, SE Criscimagna-Hemminger, and R Shadmehr (2011) Journal of Neuroscience 31:13829-13839.
Society for Neuroscience 2012
Society for Neuroscience, 2014
with Jean Jacques Orban de Xivry
Thesis defense, May 2015