Motor Control

Muybridge. Hand movement.

We use our hands and arms countless times every day – skillfully, yet effortlessly. By using the upper limbs as a model system and combining behavioral, perceptual, and cognitive tasks I have been able to uncover how the senses influence motor control in both healthy participants and special populations (see my work on autism, multiple sclerosis, head trauma, and Parkinson’s Disease).

Moreover, by bringing a chemical senses perspective to study actions, I was among the first to characterize how smell influence our movements (see the first paper on odor-motor interactions and flavor).

Recently, I analyzed movements in utero, to find pre-birth markers (such as handedness), offering a promising strategy for translational applications.

Valentina Parma
Valentina Parma
Research Assistant Professor in Psychology