Erin Cressman

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Erin Cressman
Assistant Professor

2007 Ph.D. Motor Control University of British Columbia
2002 B.Sc.H Mathematics and Chemistry Queen's University
2001 B.P.H.E. Physical Education Queen's University

Room: Rm. 360, 125 University
Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 4264
Work E-mail: erin.cressman@uottawa.ca

Erin Cressman

Biography

I received my Ph.D. in motor control from the University of British Columbia in 2007. Following my Ph.D., I went to York University and completed a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Vision Research. In general, my research examines how the brain processes sensory information for goal-directed action.

We are constantly performing goal-directed actions. For example, in the last few minutes, I have picked up my cup of tea, used a computer mouse to scroll through a document on my computer and typed these words on my keyboard. Now, most of us would consider these simple acts and perform them without too great an effort or too much thought. However, while these actions may seem simple, in order for them to be carried out correctly, the brain must perform a complex series of sensory to motor transformations. Specifically, in order for me to pick up my cup of tea without spilling, my brain must determine where the cup is with respect to my hand and body, how full it is and then integrate all of this information to plan an appropriate reaching movement.

Research Interests

In order to determine how the brain processes sensory information for motor output, my research focuses on:

  • visuomotor control in the absence of conscious awareness – Can our actions be guided by visual stimuli that we never experience at a conscious level?
  • sensory integration – How are different sources of sensory information (i.e. visual information and the sense of body position) integrated to form a coherent estimate of where one's limb is in space?
  • Action vs perception

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Sensorimotor Control Lab

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Key Words:

action, perception, visual processing, proprioception, altered visual feedback, sensorimotor learning, multisensory integration, motor control, psychophysics, error signals

Fields of Interest

  • Behavioural neuroscience
  • Sensorimotor control
  • Sensory integration
  • Action vs. Perception
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