José L. Contreras-Vidal, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Neural Engineering and Smart Prosthetics Research Laboratory

Dr. Contreras-Vidal's research program integrates behavioral, neuroimaging, and computational neuroscience methods to study the neural mechanisms and computational principles underlying human adaptive sensory-motor control and learning across the lifespan under normal and neurological conditions. To accomplish the above goal we employ motion recording, high-density scalp electroencephalography (EEG), magnetoencephalography (MEG), functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIR), and computer simulations of large-scale, biologically-plausible, neural networks of motor systems including the spinal cord, fronto-parietal networks, the basal ganglia and the cerebellum. His translational research involves the development of smart neuroprosthetics, and the transfer of relevant biological principles (hardware and algorithms) to the design and development of a new generation of artificial hands and arms (bio-robotics).

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Areas of Interest:

  • Movement Disorders
  • Smart Neuroprosthetics
  • Large-scale Neural Network Models of the Brain
  • Mirror Neuron System and Action Understanding
  • Non-invasive Neural Decoding (EEG, fNIR) of Human Action and Cognition

Affiliate Positions:

  • Regular faculty, Graduate Program in Bioengineering
  • Regular faculty, Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Program (NACS)
  • Affiliate faculty, Center on Aging