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About Robert Scheidt

As Director of the NeuroMotor Control Laboratory at Marquette University, my goal is to develop an understanding of how the human nervous system uses information from its senses to guide limb movements and interactions with objects in the physical environment. Because moving and manipulating objects is fundamentally important for maintaining a high quality of life, my work seeks to develop knowledge needed to optimize technologies and therapies for facilitating motor rehabilitation in patients following neural injury and in people with neurodevelopmental disorders.
Current efforts follow three inter-related lines of experimentation. The first examines how the brain integrates information from multiple senses to guide arm and hand movements. We ask whether characteristics of the limb’s mechanical environment influence how sensory information is combined to guide motor learning. The second seeks to understand how sensorimotor control is compromised due to neural injury such as stroke or developmental disorders such as autism. This research also seeks to evaluate whether sensory feedback may be manipulated to facilitate motor adaptation and/or re-learning in these individuals. The third line of work seeks to identify the neural structures mediating sensorimotor control of limb movement (e.g. moving the hand to swat a fly) and limb posture (i.e. holding the hand at a desired position despite unexpected perturbations). We hope this work will shed new light on the neural basis of sensorimotor deficits both in adult survivors of stroke and in children with autism spectrum disorders.

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Present Faculty Member, Marquette University
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