Mary Bramlage

Mentor: Dr. Chris Hass
College of Health and Human Performance
 
"I became involved in biomechanics research because I am interested in the ways in which the mind and body interact in order to enable movement. As a triathlete, I have become very appreciative of the motor adaption that the human body allows for. When I met Dr. Hass as an incoming freshman, I knew that working in the Applied Neuromechanics Laboratory would be a great opportunity to further my understanding of the human body. Through my involvement in the lab, I have learned that research is crucial for the growth of science and society as a whole. By conducting research, infinite doors are open to new discoveries and breakthroughs. I firmly believe that biomechanics research can benefit everybody, whether you are an athlete, getting around in a wheelchair, or living with a neurodegenerative disease."

Major

Microbiology and Cell Science

Minor

N/A

Research Interests

  • Neuromechanics
  • Intervention Programs
  • Parkinson's disease

Academic Awards

  • HHMI Science for Life Program
  • UF University Scholars Program
  • Florida Bright Futures
  • Dean's List

Organizations

  • TriGators
  • USA Triathlon Association
  • Youth Combine

Volunteer

  • GaitRite Clinic
  • UF Health Shands - Operating Room
  • Youth Combine Coach

Hobbies and Interests

  • Swimming
  • Biking
  • Running
  • Baking

Research Description

Impact of Dual Tasking on Motor Performance of Healthy Young Adults
Individuals with Parkinson's disease are at greater risk of experiencing falls when walking and performing cognitive tasks, such as talking. With this in mind, the study will analyze the impact of dual tasking (simultaneously performing a motor task and cognitive task) on motor performance using three different exercise modalities: bicycle, elliptical, and treadmill. Healthy young adults will visit the Applied Neuromechanics Laboratory on four separate occasions to complete a battery of cognitive tasks while exercising on the three different exercise modalities and while sitting in a quiet room. A motion capture program called Vicon Nexus will be used to analyze the motor perforce during dual task sessions. Motor performance during baseline trials will be compared to motor performance while dual tasking. This comparison will allow us to compute the dual task effect. After collecting healthy young adults, we plan to recruit healthy older adults and individuals with Parkinson's disease to complete the same protocol.