The Department of Kinesiology has three main areas of research:
- Cognitive Motor Neuroscience
- Exercise Physiology
- Physical Cultural Studies
Within each area individual faculty focus on specific research problems.
The Department's goal is to provide both faculty and graduate students the level of resources and support necessary for the generation of innovative, insightful and impactful research.
Research in the Cognitive Motor Neuroscience Laboratory investigates neural and higher-level mechanisms underlying the selection, planning, learning, initiation, and execution of movement. Using an interdisciplinary approach, these processes are studied from infancy through the lifespan. Research programs include adaptive sensorimotor control and integration, exercise psychophysiology, neuromechanics, perceptual motor development, movement disorders, and computational motor neuroscience.
Our research group interests cover a broad range of areas, from genetic aspects of exercise to the molecular and cellular aspects of skeletal muscle and cardiovascular biology. We are incorporating the latest technology in genetics and cell and molecular biology to address important research questions related to skeletal muscle, cardiovascular physiology, and metabolism. The effects of various exercise interventions on risk factor modification and on the prevention and treatment of disease is also a focus of investigations.
Physical Cultural Studies (PCS) advances the critically and theoretically-driven analysis of physical culture, in all its myriad forms. These include sport, exercise, health, dance, and movement related practices. PCS research seeks to locate and understand the expressions and experiences of physical culture in the broader contexts (social, political, economic, and technological) within which they are situated, and which they simultaneously help to (re)produce.