Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital

Sensorimotor Control & Rehabilitation

The Research Unit on Sensorimotor Control & Rehabilitation is dedicated to the study of physiological mechanisms underlying the control of goal-directed movement, particularly of the upper limb. Preventive and rehabilitative protocols are being developed for upper extremity disorders. This unit’s research is focusing on the role of the vestibular system in the control of goal-directed movements in healthy subjects and those with vestibular deficits, global factors in the control of multiple muscles and body segments, anticipatory mechanisms in the production of grip force, motor impairments underlying loss of function of reaching and grasping, understanding the control of bimanual movement and using virtual reality to define optimal treatment environments for retraining function of the arm and hand in adults and children.

List of current projects

Dr. Mindy F. Levin

  • Sensory-motor integration in goal-directed movements
  • Arm-trunk coordination in reaching movements : the redundancy problem
  • Relationship between motor learning principles (cognitive), self-efficacy (personal) and neuromotor (muscles and joints) mechanisms in recovery of upper limb movement
  • Compensatory movement and movement quality during reaching
  • Development of a clinical battery of tests to evaluate the integration of postural and motor control

Dr. Anatol G. Feldman

  • Fundamentals of motor control, multi-muscle and multi-joint coordination, reaching to grasp objects, posture and gait, neurological movement deficits, corticospinal influences, feed-forward mechanisms
  • Modeling of single- and multi-joint movements