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Wed, May 19

Speaker: Art Kuo, PhD

Title: Patients are from mars, robots are from venus: How to win effort and influence rehabilitation

Abstract: I will present my own skewed view of different rehabilitation strategies, and how many seem not to provide exercise with appropriate specificity, proper feedback, or incentive to participate effectively. I propose an approach that attempts to provide a short-term incentive for subjects to participate in exercise, toward some desired long-term goal. Key to providing incentive is the evaluation of a person's preferred means of executing a motor task. Once that preference is known, it is then possible to design a variation of the task to cause that preference to shift, ideally in alignment with a long-term rehabilitation goal. I will present some preliminary data showing how this might work.

Host: Derek Kamper