Institutions: Concordia University, Department of Psychology
Research interests: Motor learning; Brain imaging; Rhythm; Musical expertise; Development
The work Virginia Penhune’s laboratory is focused on understanding plastic changes in the human brain related to motor learning and performance focusing on three major axes. The first uses structural and functional MRI to examine the role of motor networks in learning and memory for fine motor skills. The second axis of research comprises kinematic studies of motor skill learning using 3D motion capture that are aimed at identifying specific movement parameters related to movement timing and error correction. The third axis is focused on developmental studies of motor skill learning including studies of children and older adults, as well as individuals with musical training.