February 11, 2014
Juggling Study Shows How Senses Help Us Run
Juggling may sound like mere entertainment, but a study led by Johns Hopkins engineers has used this circus skill to gather critical clues about how vision and the sense of touch help control the way humans and animals move their limbs in a repetitive way, such as in running. The findings eventually may aid in the treatment of people with neurological diseases and could lead to prosthetic limbs and robots that move more efficiently.
The study was published online recently by the Journal of Neurophysiology and is the cover article in the journal’s March 2014 print edition.
Credit: John Hopkins University