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Research Labs: Brain Behavior Lab

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Sleep Enhances Off-line Spatial and Temporal Motor Learning After Stroke


The Role of Sleep and Knowledge in Motor Skill Learning


Sleep Enhances Motor Skill Learning and Memory Consolidation in Individuals Post-Stroke

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The main research goals of the Brain Behavior Lab are to better understand the factors that influence motor-skill learning. Motor-skill factors include the type and amount of skill repetition involved, the type of skills to be learned, the type of instructions provided, issues related to aging, damage to the brain, and sleep. Researchers are particularly interested in understanding how individuals with brain damage, such as stroke, recover motor function and the underlying mechanisms that promote this recovery. We have recently demonstrated that individuals suffering from chronic stroke benefit from sleep to promote motor skill learning whereas older, healthy adults do not. The Brain Behavior Lab is currently working to understand which sleep parameters are associated with overnight skill enhancement using EEG. 



The Lab Team

Lab Director

 


Catherine F. Siengsukon, PT, PhD
Assistant Professor

Current Students

Alham Al-sharman
Krystal Hay

Funded through the Neurological and Rehabilitation Sciences Graduate Training Program

Past Students

Melissa Blasing
Kristen Matthews
Erin Musil

Funded through the Neurological and Rehabilitation Sciences Graduate Training Program

 

Collaborators

Jared Bruce, PhD
Diane Filion, PhD
Sharon Lynch, MD
Joan McDowd, PhD
Suzanne Stevens, MD
 

Current Projects
    Sleep Promotes Transfer of Learning Poster (image)
  • Examining which sleep parameters are associated with off-line motor skill learning in individuals following stroke
  • Examining how cognition impacts sleep-dependent off-line motor skill learning in individuals following stroke
  • Assessing the role of sleep in learning a complex motor skill in young, healthy adults
  • Assessing the impact of sleep and age on learning a functional real-life task
  • Analyzing sleep disturbances in individuals with stroke and multiple sclerosis
Recent Presentations
  • Sleep Promotes Off-line Enhancement of an Explicitly Learned Discrete but not Continuous Task. Research poster presentation at APTA Combined Section’s Meeting, New Orleans, LA, 2011

  • Sleep Promotes Transfer of Learning. Research poster presentation at APTA Combined Section’s Meeting, San Diego, CA, 2010
Lab Equipment
The Brain Behavior Laboratory houses multiple workstations for the collection and processing of behavioral data.