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Stephen H. Scott PhD
 Stephen H. Scott
Contact Info
Centre For Neuroscience Studies, Botterell Hall Room 219
(613) 533-2855

Link to Scott lab

Research Interests

My research focuses on how different regions of the brain are involved in motor control and learning. I have developed a robotic device called KINARM that can both sense and perturb planar arm movements.  One of my research labs examines neural activity in different brain regions of non-human primates during motor behavior.  A second lab explores human motor performance and learning.  A third lab located at St. Mary’s of the Lake Hospital is used to quantify sensorimotor impairments in stroke and other neurological disorders.

Sources of Research Funds: Canadian Institutes of Health Research; Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, GlaxoSmithKline.

Selected Publications

Neural Basis of Movement:

1. Scott, S.H., Gribble, P. , Graham, K. and Cabel, D.W. (2001) Dissociation between hand motion and population vectors from neural activity in motor cortex. Nature 413:161-165.

2. Gribble, P.L. and Scott, S.H. (2002) Overlap of multiple internal models in primary motor cortex. Nature 417:938-941.

3. Kurtzer, I. Herter, T.M. and Scott, S.H. (2005) Random change in cortical load representation suggests distinct control of posture and movement. Nature Neuroscience 8:498-504.

Human Motor Performance:

4. Nozaki, D., Kurtzer, I. and Scott, S.H. (2006) To learn with one limb or two? Limited transfer between unimanual and bimanual skills within the same limb. Nature Neuroscience 9:1364-1366.

5. Singh, K. and Scott, S.H. (2003) A motor learning strategy reflecting neural circuitry for limb control. Nature Neuroscience 6:399-403.

Motor Function in Neurological Disorders:

6. Scott, S.H. and Norman, K.E. (2003) Computational approaches to motor control and their potential role for interpreting motor dysfunction. [Invited Review] Current Opinion in Neurology 16:693-698.

Theories of Motor Control:

7. Scott, S.H. (2004) Optimal feedback control and the neural basis of motor control. Nature Reviews Neuroscience 5:532-546.