Deficit Fields for Stroke Recovery

Deficit Fields for Stroke Recovery

This study investigates the potential of customized robotic and visual feedback interaction to improve recovery of movements in stroke survivors. While therapists widely recognize that customization is critical to recovery, little is understood about how take advantage of statistical analysis tools to aid in the process of designing individualized training. Our approach first creates a model of a person's own unique movement deficits, and then creates a practice environment to correct these problems. Experiments will determine how the deficit-field approach can improve (1) reaching accuracy, (2) range of motion, and (3) activities of daily living. The findings will not only shed light on how to improve therapy for stroke survivors, it will test hypotheses about fundamental processes of practice and learning. This study will help us move closer to our long-term goal of clinically effective treatments using interactive devices.

No pharmaceutical medication involved
Patients and healthy individuals accepted

Behavioral - Deficit-fields to reduce error

Stroke survivors exhibit error in both reaching extent and abnormal curvatures of motion. Prior error augmentation techniques multiply error by a constant at each instant during movement. However, magnification of spurious errors may provoke over-compensation. We hypothesize that a deficit-field design, using the statistics of a patient's errors to customize training, will provide optimal augmentation that varies during motion as needed. We will compare the training effects of error deficit-fiel more on

Behavioral - Deficit-fields to expand range of motion

Motor deficits manifest in the workspace limitations of joints, i.e. reduced range of motion, uneven extension-flexion, inter-joint coupling, and unwanted synergies. Our work builds upon these ideas by augmenting self-directed movement for training coordination. We found that amplifying augmentation can expand motor exploration and improve skill retention in patients. Using motor exploration patterns from each patient, we will form customized deficit-fields to recover normal joint workspace. We more on

Behavioral - Deficit-fields to improve function

Clinicians have recognized the benefits of training on everyday tasks (Hubbard, Parsons et al. 2009), as well as practice with whole-body actions (Boehme 1988; Bohannon 1995). However, typical robotic systems have only a single contact point and cannot drive the multiple joints involved in functional tasks. Visual distortions (e.g. a shift, rotation or stretch) can promote adaptation even without forces. Here we present visual distortion of whole body movement during manual tasks during standing more on

Error-enhanced Learning & Recovery in 2 & 3 Dimensions