Benjamin Harrison

Mentor: Dr. Chris Hass
College of Health and Human Performance
 
"I first got involved in research in order to get more involved in my college and learn more about my major. I had seen similar types of data collections performed on my brother in a clinical setting, and I was interested to learn more about how it worked. The more I volunteered, the more I learned how exciting it is to be on the cutting edge and have so much potential for improving someone’s quality of life."

Major

Applied Physiology and Kinesiology

Minor

N/A

Research Interests

  • Essential Tremor
  • Biomechanics
  • Parkinson's Disease

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program
  • Dean's List
  • National Merit Scholar
  • Florida Academic Top Scholar Award

Organizations

  • UF Pre-Dental Society
  • Gators for Christ

Volunteer

  • UF College of Dentistry Student Clinic
  • Balance 180 Special Olympics Young Athletes Program

Hobbies and Interests

  • Water Sports
  • Tennis
  • Running

Research Description

Locomotor Adaptation and Locomotor Adaptive Learning in Essential Tremor and Parkinson’s Disease
Understanding if and to what extent persons with Essential Tremor can adapt to and store novel gait patterns may have important implications for researchers and clinicians interested in implementing gait rehabilitation paradigms for ET patients. A more in depth understanding of motor adaptation in ET patients could lead to a better understanding of the gait dysfunction and provide insight into viable gait rehabilitation therapies. Participants will walk on a split-belt treadmill, which allows each leg to move independently of the other leg. Their gait will be analyzed using 3-dimensional motion capture software.The kinematic information will be analyzed to determine what, if any, restrictions to locomotor adaptation are present in persons with Essential Tremor.