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Tseng, Konczak and Holst-Wolf publish research about haptic perception in children

Monday, March 25, 2019

Yu-Ting Tseng, PhD, a graduate of the School of Kinesiology and member of the Human Sensorimotor Control (HSC) Lab, Jürgen Konczak, PhD, professor in Kinesiology and HSC Lab director, and Jessica Holst-Wolf, PhD, postdoctoral associate in the HSC Lab along with colleagues from National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan published research in Neuropsychologia.

The article, “Haptic perception is altered in children with developmental coordination disorder,” examined whether haptic perception, which relies on somatosensory afferents, is impaired in children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD). DCD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects coordination and motor function in children but may affect the somatosensory system as well. The researchers measured somatosensation with a haptic test where children made judgments about the shape of blocks after exploring the shapes by touch, not using vision. They found that children with DCD demonstrate haptic dysfunction compared with typically developing children and this haptic measure correlates with a standard clinical measure of motor function.


Konczak and Holst-Wolf received grant to continue research about limb position sense in children

Mar 8, 2019 : Jürgen Konczak, PhD, professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Human Sensorimotor Control Laboratory (HSCL) and Jessica Holst-Wolf, PhD, postdoctoral associate of HSCL have partnered with Lucie Turcotte, MD, UMN Pediatrics Department and Hannah Block, PhD, Assistant Professor from the Department of Kinesiology of Indiana University. This group received a grant to […]


HSCL publishes on abnormal brain activity of laryngeal dystonia in Clinical Neurophysiology

Mar 6, 2019 : Sanaz Khosravani, recent PhD graduate in the School of Kinesiology and member of the Human Sensorimotor Control Laboratory (HSC), Arash Mahnan, doctoral student, and Jürgen Konczak, PhD, professor in the School and director of HSC, along with colleagues from Otolaryngology and Speech & Hearing Sciences, published a research article about the neural correlate underlying the voice disorder, […]


Konczak and colleagues receive award to form center for neurorobotics

Mar 6, 2019 : Jürgen Konczak, PhD, professor at the School of Kinesiology and director of the Human Sensorimotor Control Laboratory, Tim Kowalewski, PhD, assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering, and Andrew Grande, MD, assistant professor in Neurosurgery, recently received a $60,000 UMN grant, through the Institute for Engineering and Medicine, to form a campus-wide consortium of experts in neurorobotics. Robotic technology and […]


Konczak receives CEHD Jump Start grant to further develop robotic rehabilitation technology

Jan 23, 2019 : Jürgen Konczak, PhD, School of Kinesiology professor and director of the Human Sensorimotor Control Laboratory, has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the CEHD Jump Start program. The grant will enable Dr. Konczak’s group to improve the technology of a wrist exoskeleton designed for the rehabilitation of wrist/hand function, with the aim to eventually commercialize […]


Kinesiology PhD graduate Sanaz Khosravani accepts post-doc position at Harvard

Jan 23, 2019 : Sanaz Khosravani, Kinesiology PhD ’19, a former advisee of Juergen Konczak, PhD, has accepted an offer for a post-doctoral position at Harvard Medical School. She will join the laboratory of Dr. Kristina Symonian, an otolaryngologist and expert in speech motor disorders. Sanaz will finalize her research activities in the Human Sensorimotor Control Lab next month […]


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