Wendy E. Huddleston, PT, Ph.D.
- Postdoctoral fellowship, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tuebingen, Germany, 2005 - 2006
- Ph.D., Cell biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy, Medical College of Wisconsin, 2005
- M.S., Motor Control / Biomechanics, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, 1997
- B.S., Physical Therapy, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, 1996
- Visual Attention
- Motor Attention
- Cognitive Neuroscience
- Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Interests & Expertise
A common scenario such as crossing a busy intersection vividly illustrates the complex series of events involved in successfully negotiating one's environment. One must encode and perceive sensory information from multiple modalities, attend to the most valid stimulus based on task demands, select the correct sensorimotor association, prepare the motor response and finally - act. Dr. Wendy Huddleston has studied various aspects of how humans select and process sensory information for movement preparation. Dr. Huddleston uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and psychophysical testing to address questions regarding the cortical mechanisms involved in motor selection during visually-guided goal-directed behavior. Specifically, she is currently developing protocols to measure both eye and hand movements within the MRI environment to correlate movement accuracy with variations in cortical activity.
Huddleston, W. E., Alexandrowicz, M. S., Yufa, A., Knurr, C. R., Lytle, J. R., & Puissant, M. M. (2013). Attentional Resource Allocation During a Cued Saccade Task. Acta Psychologica, 144(1), 112-120.
Kotecki, K., Rolfing, J. M., Justman, M., Kern, R., Lorino, B. J., Sabourin, J., Volgman-Stevens, D. J., Weber, M. A., & Huddleston, W. E. (2013). Reliability of a standardized single-camera running gait analysis in active adults. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 43(1), A68.
Meixl, J., Burditt, A., Hayes, K. M., Litsheim, M. A., Schuster, C., VerVoort, K. M., & Huddleston, W. E. (2013). Low-level laser therapy reduces pain. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 43(1), A123.
McBeth, J. M., Earl, J. E., Cobb, S. C., & Huddleston, W. E. (2012). Hip muscle activity during three side-lying hip strengthening exercises in distance runners. Journal of Athletic Training, 47(1), 15-23.
King, P., Darragh, A. R., & Huddleston, W. E. (2009). Work-related musculoskeletal disorders and Injuries: Differences among older and younger occupational and physical therapists. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 19(3), 274-284 (DOI 10.1007/s10926-009-9184-1).
Aleksandrowicz, M. S., Yufa, A., & Huddleston, W. E. (2009). Identification of human parietal regions uniquely involved in motor attention using functional magnetic resonance imaging. 23rd National Conference on Undergraduate Research Proceedings, University of North Carolina at Asheville, in press.
Yufa, A., Aleksandrowicz, M. S., & Huddleston, W. E. (2009). Dissociation of motor attention from visual attention mechanisms. 23rd National Conference on Undergraduate Research Proceedings, University of North Carolina at Asheville, in press.
Huddleston, W. E., & Hoffman, K. L. (2008). Social cognition: LIP activity follows the leader. Current Biology, 18,8:R344-345.
Darragh, A. R., Huddleston, W. E., & King, P. (2008). Work-related musculoskeletal injuries and disorders among occupational and physical therapists. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 63(3):351-362.
Huddleston, W. E., Lewis, J. W., Phinney R. E., & DeYoe, E. A. (2008). Auditory and visual attention-based apparent motion share functional parallels yet operate independently. Perception & Psychophysics, 70(7):1207-1216.
Huddleston, W. E., & DeYoe, E. A. (2007). The representation of spatial attention in parietal cortex dynamically modulates according to performance, Cerebral Cortex, 18(6):1272-1280. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhm158.
Huddleston, W. E., Tully, R. P., & Smith, J. C. (2009). Changes in neural oscillations of human parietal cortex during a visuospatial-attention task. Program 188.11. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Chicago, October.
Aleksandrowicz, M. S., Knurr, C. R., & Huddleston, W. E. (2009). Isolation of motor-intention-specific regions of posterior parietal cortex. Program 188.1. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Chicago, October.
Yufa, A., Knurr, C. R., & Huddleston, W. E. (2009). Behavioral dissociation of visual attention and motor intention. Program 280.8. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Chicago, October.
Huddleston, W. E., Aleksandrowicz, M. S., & Yufa, A. (2008). Effect of visual attentional load on saccade accuracy. 18th Annual Meeting of Neural Control of Movement, 2008, Naples, Florida, May.