Student: Elani Bykowski
Type of Project: Basic, Translational, Mind and Body
Grant Type: Undergraduate
Year of Award: 2016
Supervisor: Dr. John Doan
Institution: University of Lethbridge
Background: People with Parkinson’s disease have the paradoxical ability to perform complex motor tasks, such as ice skating, despite mobility and gait issues. This study seeks to identify what perceptual experiences are necessary to promote this increased mobility, and will use eye-tracking and balance platform to track these changes while participants watch videos of ice skating.
Results: This study is currently underway
Impact: The study will also include taking these measures during normal ice skating, which is literally testing if ice skating can be a therapy for Parkinson’s disease.