June 29, 2008

Jane Clark, professor and chair of Kinesiology, discusses her studies in posture control and balance in babies in Terp Magazine. "My research is focused on how the brain connects to the muscles to do the things we do almost automatically".

Dr. Clarks research focus is developmental motor control, motor development, and movement disorders.
Using a dynamic systems approach, Dr. Clark and her colleagues have demonstrated that the newly walking infants limbs, like those of the adult walker, act like coupled nonlinear limit cycle oscillators at both the intralimb and interlimb levels of coordination. Her current work examines the role of sensory information in the development of upright posture and locomotion in infants.

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