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Kinesiology and Health Sciences (Pathokinesiology Specialization) Core Faculty


David BoltonDavid Bolton

Location:  KHS 142
Office Phone:  435-797-7329

My Research in Perception-Action Lab
In my lab, I study how we adapt corrective balance reactions to meet environmental challenges under extreme time pressure. Although a complex nervous system allows for the production of goal-oriented movements, time delays associated with traversing an expansive neural network are at odds with the demand for rapid action. In balance recovery, many of the mechanisms for generating corrective postural adjustments are embedded within basic levels of the neural hierarchy (e.g. spinal cord and brainstem) thereby minimizing processing delays. However, when recovery actions need to adapt to complicated environments these automatic responses are insufficient. Here the brain must play a role. In my research I use techniques that directly assess brain function, such as magnetic brain stimulation and electroencephalography, to address the role of the brain in reactive balance. My aim is to determine how the brain overcomes conflicting demands to produce movement in a fast yet context-specific manner to avoid a fall in cluttered and choice-demanding environments.


Chris DakinChris Dakin

Location:  KHS 132
Office Phone:  435-797-7324

BHK in Human Kinetics (University of British Columbia, Canada), PhD in Neuromechanics (University of British Columbia, Canada) - investigated the use of stochastic vestibular stimuli to probe the vestibular contribution to movement control. Spent four years as a Post-Doctoral fellow between the Department of Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine (USA) and the Institute of Neurology at University College London (UK) studying visual and vestibular perception and its contribution to determining our orientation relative to the world. Other related topics of research have included investigation of the vestibular contribution to locomotor stability and visual orientation perception in Spinocerebellar Ataxia. Dr. Dakin’s current research focuses on untangling the contribution of different sources of sensory information to the process of movement and movement perception.

Breanna StudenkaBreanna Studenka

Location:  KHS 144
Office Phone:  435-797-0109
Fax:  435-797-3759
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Breanna Studenka, PhD – Dr. Studenka specializes in pathokinesiology.  She conducts research on how humans plan for and control movements that occur in sequence, including rhythmic timing, planning of grasping for object manipulation and joint-action, and continuous sensory-motor coupling. Her current research includes movement timing related to visual control and stuttering, the role of social/contextual factors on characteristics of movement variability, and potential therapeutic interventions for persons with movement disorders specifically related to control of sequential, timed movement (Parkinson’s Disease).