Research

Human Performance Laboratory

The new Human Performance Laboratory is a state-of-the-art exercise physiology research lab, housed in the basement (55 lower level) of the Education Building. Our student-driven laboratory conducts the following assessments:

  • Maximum aerobic fitness (i.e. VO2 max) and peak treadmill speed testing using a metabolic cart and harnessed Lode Valiant 2 Sport treadmill (Courtesy ElectraMed Corporation).
  • Body composition and bone mineral density assessments using a whole-body dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scanner (Hologic Horizon A).
  • Resting metabolic rate (RMR) measurements of caloric expenditure testing using a ventilated hood metabolic system (ParvoMed).
  • Basic blood and urine chemistry analyses (lipid panels, renal and liver panels, inflammatory markers, muscle breakdown, anemia assessment, electrolyte testing) using Randox and Easy-Lyte chemistry analyzers.
  • Sweat sodium testing via pilocarpine iontophoresis (Wescor, in collaboration with Precision Hydration™)
  • Depression and mood state survey screenings
For more information, contact:
Tamara Hew-Butler DPM, PhD, FACSM
Associate Professor, Exercise and Sports Science
 

Motor Behavior Lab

The Motor Behavior Laboratory (MBL) features instrumentation for investigating a range of behavioral and neurophysiological changes in human motor learning, control, and development.  It consists of a general laboratory area, two soundproof testing rooms, and an office.  The lab is equipped with a MP 100 System for recording Electroencephalograms (EEG), Electromyograms (EMG), force-production, and movement acceleration. In addition it has a customized real-time data acquisition system for measurement of force-production and balance, a MEL response box for psycho-motor study, as well as various computers and software.  

  • Recent Research Projects:
    • Effect of modeled auditory information on motor performance and learning.
      • Memory consolidation: Timing intervals and components.
      • Motor learning and memory impairments in clinical hydrocephalus.
      • Motor planning, EEG, and EMG of learning a force production task.
      • Software used in the lab:
        • AcKnowledge
        • MEL Professional
        • QBasic
        • SAS
        • SPSS
        • SigmaPlot
        • Visual Basic
        • Visual C++
  • For Additional Information: