Fellows

Each year, the program offers a small number of stipends to allow some URAP apprentices to continue work on their mentors' research projects over the summer. To be eligible, students must have been working with the same mentor for at least two semesters. Mentors nominate their students. These stipends are generously supported by a number of private donors.

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The Role of Attention in Motor Adaptation

Summer 2017

Kristy Dang : Integrative Biology and Sociology

Mentor: Richard Ivry, Psychology

I work in the CognAc lab, which focuses on how people select, plan, and perform movements. My goal this summer is to explore how attention affects the way subjects implicitly (unconsciously) adapt when their motor movements are perturbed. I want to determine the relationship between explicit focus and implicit learning. By studying how people learn motor movements, we hope to further understand neurological disorders and improve rehabilitation methods for patients. 

Message to Sponsor:

As an athlete, I have always been interested in how people learn to adapt their movements. And I think the best thing about this lab is that it really shows how important and complex motor control can be because it is usually something we take for granted. I am hoping that the work we do will improve the lives of neurological patients and alleviate any motor-related symptoms that may have.