Reza Shadmehr PhD

Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience
Telephone Number: 410-614-2458
Fax Number: 410-614-9890

Department of Biomedical Engineering
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Room: Traylor 410
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Areas of Research
Systems, Cognitive + Computational Neuroscience
Neural Circuits, Ensembles + Connectomes
Neurobiology of Disease

Graduate Program Affiliations

Biomedical Engineering Program

Neuroscience Training Program

Computational Motor Control and Learning

Our goal is to understand movement control in humans. Our approach stresses a close integration of the viewpoints from robotics and control theory with neuroscience to provide a unique perspective on the nature of the biological computations that underlie the control of movements. Our ultimate goal is to use the language of mathematics to describe how the various parts of the brain contribute to control of movement in humans.

To build a theory of biological motor control, we do the following kinds of experiments: 1) behavioral experiments where eye and arm movements of people are measured as they learn to control robots, 2) brain imaging experiments where metabolic activity in the brain is measured during motor control, and 3) human neurophysiology experiments where single neuron activity is measured in the brain during neurosurgery as the patient makes goal-directed movements.

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