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Jinsung Wang, PhD

Associate Professor

Education

Post-doctoral appointment Movement Neuroscience Pennsylvania State University 2005
Ph D Kinesiology Arizona State University 2000
MS Kinesiology Arizona State University 1995
BA Physical Education Korea University 1993

Speaker Topics

  • Motor Control/Learning
  • Sensorimotor Adaptation

Interests & Expertise

In his research, Jinsung Wang attempts to delineate the neural mechanisms that underlie hemispheric lateralization and interlimb transfer of motor control and learning. He is interested in research questions, such as how movement information is stored, represented and retrieved in the brain, and how such information is transferred between the two brain hemispheres.

To study these questions, he often investigates how learning a novel task generalizes across different movement conditions, e.g., transfer of visuomotor or dynamic adaptation task from one limb to the other, or from bilateral to unilateral training conditions.

He is also interested in investigating other issues of motor control/learning, which include observational learning, handedness, the effect of perception on motor learning, etc.

Wang investigated these motor control/learning issues primarily with healthy young adults and individuals with Parkinson’s disease in his previous research. His current/future research directions also involve testing stroke patients with hemiparesis and upper limb amputees, employing psychophysical experiments and functional MRI.

Selected Publications

Wang, J., D’Amato, A., Bambrough, J., Swartz, A. M., & Miller, N. E. (2016, November). A positive association between active lifestyle and hemispheric lateralization for motor control and learning in older adults. Behavioural Brain Research, 314, 38-44.
Lei, Y., Bao, S., & Wang, J. (2016, September). The combined effects of action observation and passive proprioceptive training on adaptive motor learning. Neuroscience, 331, 91-98.
Bao, S., Lei, Y., & Wang, J. (2016). Augmenting motor generalization by inducing instance-reliant plasticity.
Wang, J., Lei, Y., & Binder, J. R. (2015, April (2nd Quarter/Spring)). Performing a reaching task with one arm while adapting to a visuomotor rotation with the other can lead to complete transfer of motor learning across the arms. Journal of Neurophysiology, 113(7), 2302-2308.
D’Amato, A., & Wang, J. (2015). Visuomotor adaptation and deadaptation with one arm result in savings during subsequent visuomotor adaptation with the other arm.
Wang, J., & Lei (雷宇鸣), Y. (2015, July (3rd Quarter/Summer)). Direct-effects and after-effects of visuomotor adaptation with one arm on subsequent performance with the other arm. Journal of Neurophysiology, 114(1), 468-473.
Wang, J., Thomas, D., & Cho, Y. (2015). Sensorimotor learning deficits observed in children with sports-related concussion. F1000Research, 4(1), 143.
Bao, S., & Wang, J. (2015). Persistence of a neural representation following repeated adaptations to and repeated deadaptations from a novel visuomotor rotation.
Steeves, J. A., Bowles, H., McClain, J., Dodd, K., Brychta, R., Wang, J., & Chen, K. (2014, September). Ability of thigh-worn actigraph and activPAL monitors to classify posture and motion. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.
Suboc, T. B., Strath, S. J., Dharmashankar, K., Coulliard, A., Miller, N., Wang, J., Tanner, M. J., & Widlansky, M. E. (2014, February). Relative importance of step count, intensity, and duration on physical activity’s impact on vascular structure and function in previously sedentary older adults. J Am Heart Assoc, 3(1), e000702.
Lei, Y., & Wang, J. (2014). Performing, but not learning, a reaching task with one arm while learning the same task with the other leads to complete transfer of visuomotor adaptation across the arms.
Bao, S., Lei, Y., & Wang, J. (2014). Performing a reaching task with one arm passively while learning the same task with the other leads to substantial transfer of visuomotor adaptation across the arms.
Lei, Y., Johnson, M. J., & Wang, J. (2013, April (2nd Quarter/Spring)). Separation of visual and motor workspaces during targeted reaching results in limited generalization of visuomotor adaptation. Neuroscience Letters, 541, 243-247.

Honors & Awards

Clinical Research Scholar (2013) The Clinical and Translational Science Institute.
Clinical Research Scholar (2012) The Clinical and Translational Science Institute.
Clinical Research Scholar (2011) The Clinical and Translational Science Institute.
Award for Excellence in Research on Parkinson’s Disease (2000) Arizona Chapter of the National Parkinson Foundation.
Flinn Fellow and Scholar (2000) .
Flinn Fellow and Scholar (1999) .
Flinn Fellow and Scholar (1998) .
Flinn Fellow and Scholar (1997) .
Flinn Fellow and Scholar (1996) .
Computational Aspects of Motor Coordination (1995) .
Flinn Fellow and Scholar (1995) .
Member of Flinn Foundation Neuroscience Research and Training program – Adaptive and Computational Aspects of Motor Coordination, 1995-2000 (1995) .
Korea University College of Education Honor Award (1992) Korea University.
Korea University College of Education Honor Award (1991) Korea University.
Korea University Academic Scholarship (1988) Korea University.