Dagmar Sternad serves as a Professor of biology, electrical and computer engineering, and physics and is Director of the Action Laboratory at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research of Complex Systems, Northeastern University. Before joining Northeastern University, she worked as a Professor in kinesiology and integrative biosciences at The Pennsylvania State University. She graduated from the Technical University and Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich and received both her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Connecticut. Professor Sternad is Executive Editor of Journal of Motor Behavior, Consulting Editor for Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, and Member of the National Institutes of Health Taskforce on Children Motor Disorders. The central interest of research in the Action Lab is the control and coordination of goal-directed human behavior, addressing research questions as what are the organizational principles at work when learning and performing functional movements? The Lab’s agenda focuses on single- and multijoint human movements in perceptually specified tasks and involves three pronged research strategies consisting of (1) an empirical component with behavioral experiments on human subjects, (2) theoretical work which develops mathematical models for movement generation on the basis of coupled dynamical systems, and (3) brain imaging studies that investigate the cerebral activity accompanying movement. These experimental paradigms have been extended to neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease and children with dystonia.
Biography Updated on 31 July 2011