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About Dr Paul J Stapley

Dr Paul Stapley’s research focuses on how humans coordinate acts of reaching, touching or grasping objects while standing. Everyday tasks such as these are taken for granted by able-bodied persons, but are often the source of destabilisation, falls or injury among the elderly or disabled. The work carried out in Dr Stapley’s lab aims to determine the fundamental strategies used to coordinate balance and voluntary movement in humans. It seeks to apply this knowledge to better understand the deficits in posture and movement coordination shown by persons with conditions such as Parkinson's disease, cerebral palsy or those who have suffered a stroke, or vestibular lesions. The methods adopted in Dr Stapley’s lab include the use of electromyography, kinematics, kinetics and electro-oculography. A custom-built array of target lights enables the study of posture and arm movement coordination. These measurement techniques are used in conjunction with transcranial magnetic stimulation techniques for investigating central nervous contributions to posture and movement coordination. Dr Stapley is also interested in how posture and voluntary movement are learned and adapted with experience, as a basis for establishing principles for rehabilitation following central nervous disorders.


Present Senior Lecturer, School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health & Behavioural Sciences, University of Wollongong

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Phone: +61 2 4239 2514
Office: B41.336


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