Current Research Projects
In order to foster community and collaboration among the Sensory Station Users, we have created a web-based "users Group" site. Click HERE or below to learn more...
Vision is an important gateway to the world around us. Better vision is valued as a means to improve performance in a wide range of applied activities and there is a growing use of vision training approached for improving visual skills. Research in our lab has addressed visual learning, and particularly one type of vision training known as "stroboscopic visual training" (i.e. training under intermittent visual conditions). In this research we have found that stroboscopic visual training leads to enhancements in some, but not all, aspects of perception, memory, and anticipatory timing. These effects demonstrate a type of generalized learning, where the assessment task and training do not have to be identical for training effects to be observed. Ongoing studies in the lab are expanding on this line of research to test for new types of generalized learning that stem from stroboscopic training and other sports-vision training techniques (see Here for more on such SVT techniques)
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Individual Differences in Perception and Action
People differ in how they see and react to the world around them. Some people have better visual abilities, others have better memory skills, while still others can react faster to stimuli. In fact, our strengths and weaknesses in these domains can ultimately determine many of our pursuits in life.
A core goal of our laboratory is to understand how sensorimotor abilities (e.g. visual perception, attention, memory, decision-making, and motor control) vary between people. For this purpose we map sensorimotor performance onto individual variability in psychological, neural, genetic, athletic characteristics to better understand who is good at perception and action, and why. As part of their research activities, participants complete visual-motor tasks through a powerful computer-based assessment tool, the Nike Sensory Station (left). The Sensory Station is a state-of-the-art evaluation and training device designed to assess visual and sensory performance and allows us to preform both rigorous laboratory research and applied research in the field.
Using this battery we have identified important sources of variability in sensorimotor abilities (Wang et al., 2015) and have characterized the rate of learning due to deliberate practice with these tasks (Krasich et al., under review). In this research, we have also teamed up with the Gfeller Sports-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center at UNC to study how concussions impact visual and brain function.
A major goal of our research is to understand the cognitive and neural mechanisms that underlie visual perception and cognition. With the use electroencephalography (EEG), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) we are able to link behavior to specific neural circuitry, and therefore derive biomarkers that predict visual perceptual and motor skills.
Click Here to see Eliza's abstract from the Psychonomic Society Conference last winter.
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