About the Lab
The Neuromechanics Lab investigates the neural control of movement and its relationship with the mechanics of the human body. Our aim is to better understand, how sensory information is used to guide our actions through the use of sensory probes, electrophysiological recording devices and psychophysics.
Our senses are often described as the brain's window to the outside world. The information arising from the senses allow our brain to know what is happening both within and around us, and plan our behavior accordingly. Sensation and motion are in fact so entwined that at some levels of the nervous system sensation directly drives our actions. The mission of the Neuromechanics Lab is to unveil these relationships, or mappings, between sensation and action by exposing a) the mechanisms underlying sensory information's role in generating human movement and b) how this mapping is shaped by the mechanics of the human body.
Application information for Undergraduate and Master's degrees in Kinesiology and Helath Science at Utah State University can be found on this website.
The Neuromechanics lab was founded by Dr. Chris Dakin in September of 2016. The initial lab space was shared with USU's Biomechanics lab in room 203 of the HPER building. Since the lab's inception, the Neuromechanics lab now also shares space in the Center for Clinical Excellence providing access to both an aquatic and instrumented over ground treadmill.
This project is evaluating current models of vestibular involvement in balance control during dynamic tasks.
This series of projects is looking to improve how we administer such stimulation.
This Series of studies is examining the efficacy of using an electric current as a balance aid.
This study is examining whether manipulation of the stairwell environment can reduce fall frequency.
Examination of the autonomic effects of galvanic vestibular stimulation.
Labs and Facilities
The Neuromechanics Lab is currently housed in the room 203 of the HPER building with the Biomechanincs Lab and shares space in the Human Movement Clinic in the new Sorenson Center for Clinical Excellence Building.
Researchers or students working in the Neuromechanics lab will have access to:
- Vicon Motion Capture
- Neurolog Electromyography
- Delsys Trigno Wireless Electromyography
- Bertec and AMTI Forceplates
- Stmisola electrical Stimulators
- Force transducers and switches
- APDM Opals
- Eye Tracking
- Virtual Reality
- Labview, Matlab
Available through collaboration:
- Perception-Action lab: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Electroencephalography & FNIRs
- Sensory-Motor Behavior lab: ASL eye tracking and Motion capture
- Statistical Consulting Studio
HPER Neuromechanics Lab
If you are interested in getting involved, contact Dr. Dakin. Please note that availability within the lab is determined by the needs of the current projects. Visit the Research Opportunities page for this lab to learn more.