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Economics of Movement Group

The research of the Economics of Movement Lab shows that movement and movement learning are similar in many respects. Our Sensors (Eyes, Ears, Skin etc) are not perfect but provide signals that are noisy. Moreover, our muscle output is also noisy and if we try to do the same movement over and over it will be different each time. This means that if we make a movement, say swing a golf club, we will have uncertainty in the potential movement outcomes. Our group studies how people make movement decisions in the presence of such uncertainty.

Our research has three main thrusts

  • We study experimentally how people move and how their movements are affected by uncertainty.
  • We build computational models using Bayesian statistics to calculate how people could move optimally or learn to move optimally.
  • We build Bayesian Algorithms to solve problems that we find interesting. For example we analyze how neurons are connected in the nervous system.

The main thrust of our current research is to allow for better rehabilitation procedures through an understanding of motor learning.

The lab is part of Northwestern University, Departments Physiology and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.

Director:

Konrad Kording, Ph.D.

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