Michael Carter
Assistant Professor, Kinesiology

Movement is our only way of interacting with the world—whether learning to play the guitar, manipulating objects while cooking dinner, or just communicating with friends and family—all of these rely on the contractions of our muscles. My students and I investigate the cognitive, computational, and neural underpinnings of skilled behaviour. Our research focuses on questions related to motor interactions between human-human and human-robot partners, the neuroeconomics of action control, the impact of feedback on skill acquisition, and forgetting as an adaptive feature of the brain during learning. His interest in aging focuses on how skilled behaviour changes across the lifespan, in health and disease (e.g., Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s). Inspired by the current replication crisis in science, his lab also uses metascience and state-of-the-art statistical techniques to evaluate current research practice in kinesiology and related areas. The lab is committed to open science practices in an effort to promote the reproducibility and replicability of our research.
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