Welcome to the Neuromotor Behavior Laboratory

In the Neuromotor Behavior Laboratory, we examine the the neural and behavioral processes underlying motor control and skill acquisition.

Our primary research goal is to understand interactions between the brain and movement.

How does the brain produce movement? 

How does repetition of movement change the brain? 

How do age or disease-related brain changes affect movement?

Our emphasis is on examining changes in brain structure-function relationships that occur with performance change produced by learning, external environmental changes, or internal system changes (such as aging and disease).

Research techniques include the use of functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging (conducted at the Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Center on North Campus) and quantitative motor assessments such as kinematic, kinetic and electromyographic analyses. We combine neuroimaging (fMRI, DTI, EEG, PET, TMS) and detailed behavioral measurements to study motor learning and bimanual coordination.

Our test patients vary according the the individual project and include normal, healthy adults, aged individuals and patients with Parkinson's disease.


Neuromotor Behavior Laboratory

1215 Central Campus

Recreation Building


401 Washtenaw Avenue

Ann Arbor, MI  48109

Phone: 734.764.8186

Fax: 734.936.1325

Neuromotor Behavior Laboratory News

Nathan Miller profiled in U of M-Flint News: http://tinyurl.com/p8kuyrf

Lab Group Hits Sky Zone Canton! Group bonding experience on 3/15 a hit. 

Papers from lab group members: 

Hoogendam, Koppelmans, Ikram, Boogerd, Seynaeve, Seidler, Breteler, Van der Geest, and Schagen (in press). "Late effects of adjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer on fine motor function." Psycho-Oncology. 

Koppelmans, Hirsiger, Merillat, Jancke, and Seidler (in press). "Cerebellar gray and white matter volume and their relation with age and manual motor performance in healthy older adults." Human Brain Mapping. Read more at http://bit.ly/1Ku4SXL. 

Seidler, Erdeniz, Koppelmans, Hirsiger, Merillat, and Jancke (in press). "Associations between age, motor function, and resting state sensorimotor network connectivity in healthy older adults." Neuroimage. Read more at http://bit.ly/1GoBShe.

Kurani, Seidler, Burciu, Comella, Corcos, Okun, Mackinnon, and Vaillancourt (2015). "Subthalamic nucleus – sensorimotor cortex functional connectivity in de novo and moderate Parkinson’s disease." Neurobiology of Aging. Read more at http://bit.ly/1GoC2oU.

January 23, 2015The NBLab group gathers at lab favorite Sadako one last time to wish Tina the best on her new adventures in California.