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Neuromechanics Research Laboratory


Neuromechanics lab in progress
The Neuromechanics Lab investigates the neural control of movement and its relationship with the mechanics of the human body. Our aim is to better understand, how sensory information is used to guide our actions through the use of sensory probes, electrophysiological recording devices and psychophysics.

Our senses are often described as the brain's window to the outside world. The information arising from the senses allow our brain to know what is happening both within and around us, and plan our behavior accordingly.  Sensation and motion are in fact so entwined that at some levels of the nervous system sensation directly drives our actions. The mission of the Neuromechanics Lab is to unveil these relationships, or mappings, between sensation and action by exposing a) the mechanisms underlying sensory information's role in generating human movement and b) how this mapping is shaped by the mechanics of the human body.

Application information for Undergraduate and Master's degrees in Kinesiology and Helath Science at Utah State University can be found through the KHS Website.

Students looking to pursue a PhD can do so through the Neuroscience specialization or the Pathokinesiology specialization.

The Neuromechanics lab was founded by Dr. Chris Dakin in September of 2016. The initial lab space was shared with USU's Biomechanics lab in room 203 of the HPER building. Since the lab's inception, the Neuromechanics lab now also shares space in the Center for Clinical Excellence providing access to both an aquatic and instrumented over ground treadmill.

 Involvement

If you are interested in getting involved, contact Dr. Dakin. Please note that availability within the lab is determined by the needs of the current projects. Visit the Research Opportunities page for this lab to learn more.

lab equipment