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NIA awards $1M grant to ASU professor

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Summary:

Arizona State University professor George E. Stelmach has received a $1.07 million grant from the National Institute on Aging to study the effects of aging on motor control. The research could help scientists gain a fuller understanding of the factors responsible for age-related declines in motor performance.

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Arizona State University professor George E. Stelmach has received a $1.07 million grant from the National Institute on Aging to study the effects of aging on motor control. The research could help scientists gain a fuller understanding of the factors responsible for age-related declines in motor performance.

As people age, their movements slow and more variable. This decline is known by scientists to be related to changes in the microstructure of the movement performed. Stelmach's research will delve deeper into the individual factors of a movement, including target accuracy, termination of hand motion, and coordination of joint movements during the reaching phase. The goal is to gain a better understanding of the role each element plays in the declining motor function observed in the elderly.

Stelmach is professor of Kinesiology and Director of the Motor Control Laboratory at ASU.