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Graduate Seminar Series

Every week at 11:30 AM • ENGR 406
See below for exact dates

October 24

David Bolton

David Bolton, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences
Utah State University

Evaluating The Brain’s Ability to Stop: Implications for Why People Fall

Abstract: Response inhibition is the ability to stop an automatic, yet unwanted behavior, and is necessary to adapt to complex situations. This key element of executive functioning, has grown in recent years as a focus of investigation in the area of cognitive psychology, particularly given the evidence that impaired inhibitory control is related to many psychiatric conditions. Such behavioral flexibility also holds potential value for helping us avoid falls in the cluttered environments we face every day. However, the methods required to expose and measure response inhibition in reactive balance presents some unique challenges, which impedes our ability to gain insight into this potentially important aspect of balance control. Here, I focus on recent findings on the relationship between a standard measure of response inhibition called the Stop Signal Reaction Time and reactive balance. These results highlight a common underlying neural mechanism for stopping action across different behavioral contexts, and hints at a simple way to detect a specific deficit leading to falls in older adults.


October 31

Brent Fresz, M.S.

Operations Engineer
Post Consumer Brands

November 7

Abby Benninghoff, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
School of Veterinary Medicine
Dept. of Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Science
Utah State University

November 14

Erin Bobeck, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Dept. of Biology
Utah State University

November 28

Dilpreet Bajwa, Ph.D.

Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
North Dakota State Universty

December 5

Craig Criddle, Ph.D.

Dept. of Environmental Engineering and Science
Stanford University