Exercise Science Research and Laboratories

The Exercise Physiology laboratory facilities are located in the Eugene Applebaum Pharmacy and Health Sciences Building. They consist of a general research/teaching laboratory (Room 1225), a state-of-the-art underwater weighing facility, and a biochemical analysis room (Room 2323).

The modern design of the Exercise Physiology laboratory facilities supports research on a wide range of topics related to the examination of the effects of acute and chronic exercise on human physiological responses, physical performance characteristics, and body composition. Students at all levels are routinely allowed to participate in ongoing research projects either to satisfy specific curricular requirements, or simply to broaden their research experience.

Areas of Faculty Research

  • Studies on the interaction of selected nutritional factors on physiological responses and performance (caffeine, ginseng, echinacea).
  • Profiling physiological fitness and nutritional characteristics of various groups of pediatric athletes (soccer, gymnastics, skating, swimming, cheerleading, others).
  • Evaluations of the effects of exercise on mucosal immune function and upper respiratory tract infections.
  • Investigations on the efficacy of exercise as a non-pharmacological therapeutic treatment for sleep disorders.

Exercise Psychology Research Laboratory

  • The lab is located in the Old Main Building (room 006) on the WSU main campus. The lab is a newly established testing lab space approximating 1000 sq. ft. dedicated to exercise psychology research including cognitive and fitness testing facilities, a reception area for study participants and graduate student offices. to learn more visit the EPRL website.

Motor Behavior Lab

  • The Motor Behavior Laboratory (MBL) features state-of-the-art 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.  The lab is currently working closely with the Neurosurgery Department on several interdisciplinary research projects.
  • 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++
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