Grasping Tool Use
|Author:||Scott Frey, Director University of Oregon, Lewis Center for Neuroimaging|
|Date:||February 16, 2006|
Scott Frey's current work explores the neural bases of perception and action in humans, with particular attention to complex manual skills such as prehension, tool use and gesture. A major focus of this work is to advance our understanding of how brain organization is affected by upper limb paralysis or amputation as well as the role that cognitive training and/or use of prostheses might play in functional brain reorganization. His approach is to seek convergent evidence through psychophysical, functional (fMRI) and structural MRI, and MRI-guided transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) studies of healthy and patient populations.
Scott received a Masters degree from Harvard in 1988 in Human Development and a Ph.D. from Cornell in Experimental Psychology in 1993 where he investigated how humans recognize objects from novel perspectives. From 1998-2004 he worked as a Research Professor at Dartmouth Medical School and in the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at Dartmouth College where he developed skills in non-invasive neuroimaging. Scott joined the Department of Psychology at UO in Fall 2004, and became the Director of the Lewis Center for Neuroimaging in Fall 2005.