Dagmar Sternad

   Departments of Biology, Electrical & Computer Engineering,
   and Physics

Northeastern University
134 Mugar Life Science Building

360 Huntington Avenue

Boston, MA 02115

Phone : 617.373.5093

e-mail : dagmar@neu.edu

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iconSternad, D., Huber, M.E., & Kuznetsov, N. (2014). Acquisition of novel and complex motor skills: Stable solutions where intrinsic noise matters less. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 826, 101-24. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-1338-1_8.

iconNasseroleslami, B., Hasson, C. J., & Sternad, D. (2014). Rhythmic manipulation of objects with complex dynamics: Predictability over chaos. PLoS Computational Biology, 10(10):e1003900. doi: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003900.

iconHasson, CJ & Sternad, D (2014). Safety margins in older adults increase with improved control of a dynamic object. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 6: 158, doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2014.00158.

iconPark, S.-W., Dijkstra, T.M.H., & Sternad, D. (2013). Learning to never forget - time scales and specificity of long-term memory of a motor skill. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience, 7:111, doi: 10.3389/fncom.2013.00111.

iconSternad, D., Marino, H., Duarte, M., Dipietro, L., Charles, S., & Hogan, N. (2013). Transitions between discrete and rhythmic primitivies in a unimanual task. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience, 7:90, doi: 10.3389/fncom.2013.00090.

iconHogan, N., & Sternad, D. (2013). Dynamic primitives in the control of locomotion. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience, 7:71, doi: 10.3389/fncom.2013.00071.

iconAbe, M.O., & Sternad, D. (2013). Directionality in distribution and temporal structure of variability in skill acquisition. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Jun 6;7:225. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00225.

iconChu, W.T.V., Sternad, D., & Sanger, T.D. (2013). Healthy and dystonic children compensate for changes in motor variability. Journal of Neurophysiology, 109, 8, 2169-78.

iconPlummer d'Amato, P., Kyvelidou, A., Sternad, D., Najafi, B., Villalobos, R.M., & Zurakowski, D. (2012). Training dual-task walking in community-dwelling adults within 1 year of stroke: A protocol for a single-blind randomized controlled trial. BMC Neurology, 12, 1, 129.

iconHogan, N., & Sternad, D. (2012). Dynamic primitives of motor behavior.Biological Cybernetics, 106 (11-12), 727-739.

iconHasson, C.J., Shen, T., & Sternad, D. (2012). Energy Margins in dynamic object manipulation. Journal of Neurophysiology, 108, 1349-1365.

iconCohen, R.G., & Sternad, D. (2012). State space analysis of timing: exploiting task redundancy to reduce sensitivity to timing. Journal of Neurophysiology, 107, 618-627.

iconSternad, D., Abe, M. O., Hu, X., & Muller, H. (2011). Neuromotor noise, error tolerance and velocity-dependent costs in skilled performance. PLoS Computational Biology, 7(9), e1002159.

iconAjemian, R., & Sternad, D. (2010). Editors' introduction to the issue: Theoretical ideas in motor neuroscience and their capacity for falsification. Journal of Motor Behavior, 42(6), 331-332.

iconSternad, D., & Abe, M. O. (2010). Variability, noise, and sensitivity to error in learning a motor task. In F. Danion & M. Latash (Ed.) Motor Control - Theories, Experiments, and Applications (pp. 267-294). New York: Oxford University Press.

iconRonsse, R., & Sternad, D. (2010). Bouncing between model and data: stability, passivity, and optimality in hybrid dynamics. Journal of Motor Behavior, 42(6), 389-399.

iconSanger, T. D., Chen, D., Fehlings, D. L., Hallett, M. et al. (2010). Definitions and classification of hyperkinetic movements in childhood. Movement Disorders.

iconSternad, D., Park, S.-W., Muller, H., & Hogan, N. (2010). Coordinate dependence of variability analysis. PLoS Computational Biology, 6(4), e1000751.

iconRonsse, R., Wei, K., & Sternad, D. (2010). Optimal control of a hybrid rhythmic-discrete task: the bouncing ball revisited. Journal of Neurophysiology, 103, 2482-2493.

iconEhrlenspiel, F., Wei, K., & Sternad, D. (2010). Open-loop, closed-loop, and compensatory control: Performance under pressure in a rhythmic task. Experimental Brain Research, 201(4), 729-741.

iconVan der Wel, R. P. R. D., Sternad, D., & Rosenbaum, D. A. (2009). Moving the arm at different rates: Slow movements are avoided. Journal of Motor Behavior, 42(1), 29-36.

iconHogan, N. & Sternad, D. (2009). Sensitivity of smoothness measures to movement duration, amplitude and arrests. Journal of Motor Behavior, 41(6), 529-534.

iconRonsse, R., Sternad, D, & Lefevre, P. (2009). A computational model for rhythmic and discrete movements in bimanual coordination. Neural Computation, 21, 1335-1370.

iconCohen, R., & Sternad, D. (2009). Variability in motor learning: Relocating, channeling and reducting noise.  Experimental Brain Research, 193(1), 69-83.

iconDuarte, M. & Sternad, D. (2008). Complexity of human postural control: Alterations with aging during prolonged standing. Experimentar Brain Research, 191(3), 265-276.

iconMuller, H. & Sternad, D. (2008). Motor learning: Changes in the structure of variability in a redundant task. In D. Sternad (Ed.), Progress in motor control - A multidisciplinary perspective (pp.436-456). New York: Springer. 

iconWei, K., Dijkstra, T. M. H., & Sternad, D. (2008). Stability and variablity: Indicator for passive stability in a rhythmic task. Journal of Neurophysiology, 99, 3027-3041.

iconRaftery, A. Cusumano, J., & Sternad, D. (2008). Chaotic frequency scaling in a coupled oscillator model for free rhythmic actions. Neural Computation, 20, 205-226.

iconWei, K., Dijkstra, T. M. H., & Sternad, D. (2007). Passive stability and active control in a rhythmic task. Journal of Neurophysiology, 98,  2633-2646.

icon Sternad, D. (2007) Towards a unified framework for rhythmic and discrete movements: behavioral, modeling and imaging results. In A. Fuchs & V. Jirsa (Eds.), Coordination: neural, behavioral and social dynamics. New York: Springer.

iconHogan, N., & Sternad, D. (2007). On rhythmic and discrete movement: Reflections, definitions and implications for motor control. Experimental Brain Research, 181, 13-30.

iconYu, H., Sternad, D., Corcos, D. M., & Vaillancourt, D. (2007). Cerebellum and Motor cortex in Parkinson's dissease: Is activation compensatory or disease-related? NeuroImage, 35, 1, 222-233.

uller, H., Frank, T.D., & Sternad, D. (2007). Variability, covariation and invariance with respect to coordinate systems in motor control. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 33, 1, 250-255.

Sternad, D., Wei, K., Diedrichsen, J., & Ivry, R.B. (2007). Intermanual interactions during initiation and production of rhythmic and discrete movements in individuals lacking a corpus callosum. Experimental Brain Research, 76, 4, 559-74.

iconSternad, D. (2006). Stability and variability  in skilled rhythmic action - a dynamical analysis of rhythmic ball bouncing. In M. L. Latash & F. Lestienne (ed.), Motor Control and Learning. (pp. 55-63). New York: Springer.

iconMuller H. & Sternad D. (2004). Accuracy and variability in goal-oriented movements: decomposition of gender differences in children. Journal of Human Kinetics, 12, 31-50. 

iconSchaal, S., Sternad, D., Osu, R., & Kawato, M. (2004). Rhythmic arm movements are not discrete. Nature Neuroscience, 7, 10, 1136-1143.

iconDijkstra, T. M. H., Katsumata, H., de Rugy, A., & Sternad, D. (2004). The dialogue between data and model: Passive stability and relaxation behavior in a ball bouncing task. Nonlinear Studies, 11, 3, 319- 345.

iconSternad, D. & Dijkstra, T.M.H. (2004). Dynamical stability in the acquisition and performance of rhythmic ball manipulation: Theoretical insights with a clinical slant. Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology, 21, 3, 215-227.

iconMuller, H., & Sternad, D. (2004). Decomposition of variability in the execution of goal-oriented tasks - Three components of skill improvement. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 30, 1, 212-233

iconDe Rugy, A., & Sternad, D. (2003). Interaction between discrete and rhythmic movements: reaction time and phase of discrete movement initiation against oscillatory movements. Brain Research, 994, 160-174.

iconSternad, D. & Dean, W.J. (2003). Rhythmic and discrete elements in multi-joint coordination. Brain Research, 989, 152-171.

iconDe Rugy, A., Wei, K., Muller, H., & Sternad, D. (2003). Actively tracking "passive" stability. Brain Research, 982, 64-78.

iconWei, K., Wertman, G., & Sternad, D. (2003). Interactions between rhythmic and discrete components in a bimanual task. Motor Control, 7, 2, 134-155.

iconMuller, H. & Sternad, D. (2003). A randomization method for the calculation of covariation in multiple nonlinear relations: Illustrated at the example of goal-directed movements. Biological Cybernetics, 89, 22-33.

iconYu, H., Russell, D.M., & Sternad, D. (2003). Task-effector asymmetries in a rhythmic continuation task. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 29, 3, 616-630.

iconKatsumata, H., Zatsiorsky, V., & Sternad, D. (2003). Control of ball-racket interactions in the rhythmic propulsion of elastic and non-elastic balls. Experimental Brain Research, 149, 17-29.

Sternad02Sternad, D., de Rugy, A., Pataky, T., & Dean, W.J. (2002). Interactions between rhythmic and discrete elements over a wide range of movement periods. Experimental Brain Research, 147, 162-174.

Katsumata, H. & Sternad, D. (2002). Movement coordination from a dynamical systems perspective. Japanese Journal of Biomechanics in Sports and Exercise, 6, 2, 76-95.

iconSternad, D. (2002). Wachholder and Altenburger 1927: Foundational experiments for current hypotheses on equilibrium point control in voluntary movements. Motor Control, 6, 299-318.

iconSternad, D. & Corcos, D. (2001). Effect of task and instruction on patterns of muscle activation: Wachholder and beyond. Motor Control, 5, 4, 307-336.

iconSternad, D., Duarte, M., Katsumata, H., & Schaal, S. (2001). Bouncing a ball: Tuning into dynamic stability. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 27, 5, 1163-1184.

iconRussell, D. & Sternad, D. (2001). Sinusoidal tracking: Intermittent control or coupled oscillations? Journal of Motor Behavior, 33, 4, 329-349.

iconSternad, D. (2001). Kurt Wachholder: Pioneering electrophysiological investigations on voluntary movements. In M.L. Latash & V.M. Zatsiorsky (Eds.), Classics in movement science (pp.375-408). Urbana Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

iconSchaal, S., & Sternad, D. (2001). Origins and violations of the 2/3 power law in rhythmic 3D arm movements. Experimental Brain Research, 136, 1, 60-72.

iconDingwell, J.B., Cusumano, J.P., Cavanagh, P.R., & Sternad D. (2001). Local dynamic stability versus kinematic variability of continuous overground and treadmill walking. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, 123, 1, 27-32.

iconSternad, D. (2000). Debates in Dynamics: A dynamic systems perspective to perception and action. Human Movement Science, 19, 407-423. 

iconSternad, D., Dean, W.J., & Schaal, S. (2000). Interaction of rhythmic and discrete pattern generators in single-joint movements. Human Movement Science, 19, 627-665.

Sternad, D., & Katsumata, H. (2000). Dynamic stability in the acquisition and performance of a rhythmic skill: An example for a perception-action approach. Journal of Human Kinetics, 4, 57-73.

iconSternad, D., Duarte, M., Katsumata, H., & Schaal, S. (2000). Dynamics of a bouncing ball in human performance. Physical Review E, 63, 011902-1-011902-8. 

iconSternad, D., Dean, W.J., & Newell, K.M. (2000). Force and timing variability in rhythmic unimanual tapping. Journal of Motor Behavior, 32, 3, 249-267.

iconDingwell, J.B., Cusumano, J.P. Sternad D., & Cavanagh, P.R. (2000). Slower speeds in patients with diabetic neuropathy lead to improved local dynamic stability of continuous overground walking. Journal of Biomechanics, 33(10), 1269-1277.

iconSternad, D. (1999). Juggling or bouncing balls: Parallels and differences in dynamic concepts and tools. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 30, 4, 462-489.

iconSternad, D., Saltzman, E.L., & Turvey, M.T. (1999). Dynamics of 1:2 coordination in rhythmic inter-limb movement: I. Generalization of relative phase. Journal of Motor Behavior, 31, 3, 207-223.

iconSternad, D., Saltzman, E.L., & Turvey, M.T. (1999). Dynamics of 1:2 coordination in rhythmic interlimb movement: II. Sources of asymmetry. Journal of Motor Behavior, 31, 3, 224-235.

iconSternad, D., Saltzman, E.L., & Turvey, M.T. (1999). Dynamics of 1:2 coordination in rhythmic interlimb movement: III. Temporal scaling, latent 1:1, and bistability. Journal of Motor Behavior, 31, 3, 236-247.

iconSternad, D., & Schaal, S. (1999). Segmentation of endpoint trajectories does not imply segmented control. Experimental Brain Research, 124, 118-136. 

Sternad, D. (1999). Antipodean perspective(s) to motor control. Review Essay on Piek (Ed.): Human motor control. A multidisciplinary perspective. Motor Control, 3, 1, 90-99.

Walter, C., Lee, T., & Sternad, D. (1998). Hot topics in motor control and learning: Introduction: Promises, potential limitations and future directions. Research Quarterly, 69, 4, 316-319.

Sternad, D. (1998). A dynamic systems perspective to perception and action. Research Quarterly, 69, 4, 319-326.

iconSternad, D., Saltzman, E.L., & Turvey, M.T. (1998). Interlimb coupling in a simple serial behavior: A task dynamic approach. Human Movement Science, 17, 393-433.

Sternad, D & Newell, K. M. (1997). Modeling movement variability in space and time. Brain and Behavioral Sciences, 30, 322.

Collins, D.R., Sternad, D., & Turvey, M.T. (1996). An experimental note on defining frequency competition in inter-segmental coordination dynamics. Journal of Motor Behavior, 28, 299-304.

Amazeen, E.L., Sternad, D., & Turvey, M.T. (1996). Nonlinear dependencies of coordination in equilibrium on frequency and detuning. Human Movement Science, 15, 521-542.

Sternad, D., Amazeen, E.L., & Turvey, M.T. (1996). Diffusive, synaptic and synergetic coupling: An evaluation through inphase and antiphase rhythmic movements. Journal of Motor Behavior, 28, 3, 255-269.

iconSchaal, S., Sternad, D., & Atkeson, C.G. (1996). One-handed juggling: Dynamical approaches to a rhythmic task. Journal of Motor Behavior, 28, 2, 165-183.

Sternad, D., & Turvey, M.T. (1995). Control parameters, equilibria and coordination dynamics. Brain and Behavioral Sciences, 18, 780.

iconSternad, D., Collins, D.R., & Turvey, M.T. (1995). The detuning factor in the dynamics of rhythmic interlimb coordination. Biological Cybernetics, 73, 27-35.

Sternad, D., & Schaal, S. (1993). A genetic algorithm for evolution from an ecological perspective. Santa Fe Institute Proceedings. In L. Nadel & D.Stein (Eds.) 1992 Lectures on Complex Systems. Vol V. pp. 647-663. Redwood, CA: Addison Wesley.

Schaal, S., & Sternad, D. (1993). Learning of passive motor control strategies with genetic algorithms. Santa Fe Institute Proceedings. In L. Nadel & D. Stein (Eds.) 1992 Lectures on Complex Systems.Vol V. pp. 631-645. Redwood, CA: Addison Wesley.

iconSternad, D., Turvey, M. T ., & Schmidt, R.C. (1992). Average phase difference theory and 1:1 phase entrainment in interlimb coordination. Biological Cybernetics, 67, 223-231.