Jinsung Wang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

[Image] Jinsung Wang

Enderis Hall, Room 492
Phone: (414) 229-3226
Fax: (414) 229-2619




  • Postdoctoral training: Kinesiology/Movement Neuroscience, Pennsylvania State University, 2005
  • Ph.D., Kinesiology, Arizona State University, 2000
  • M.S., Kinesiology, Arizona State University, 1995
  • B.A., Physical Education, Korea University, 1993
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Speaker Topics

  • Motor Control/Learning
  • Sensorimotor Adaptation

Interests & Expertise


In his research, Dr. Wang attempts to delineate the neural mechanisms that underlie hemispheric lateralization and interlimb transfer of motor control and learning. He is interested in research questions such as how movement information is stored, represented and retrieved in the brain, and how such information is transferred between the two brain hemispheres. To study these questions, he often investigates how learning a novel task generalizes across different movement conditions (e.g., transfer of visuomotor or dynamic adaptation task from one limb to the other, or from bilateral to unilateral training conditions). He is also interested in investigating other issues of motor control/learning, which include observational learning, handedness, the effect of perception on motor learning, etc.

Dr. Wang investigated these motor control/learning issues primarily with healthy young adults and individuals with Parkinson's disease in his previous research. His current/future research directions also involve testing stroke patients with hemiparesis and upper limb amputees, employing psychophysical experiments and functional MRI.

Recent Publications

Wang, J., Lei, Y., Xiong, K., & Marek, K. (2013). Substantial generalization of sensorimotor learning from bilateral to unilateral movement conditions. PLoS One, 8(3), e58495.

Lei, Y., Johnson, M. J., & Wang, J. (2013). Separation of visual and motor workspaces during targeted reaching results in limited generalization of visuomotor adaptation. Neuroscience Letters, 541, 243-7.

Wang, J., Joshi, M., & Lei, Y. (2011). The extent of interlimb transfer following adaptation to a novel visuomotor condition does not depend on awareness of the condition. Journal of Neurophysiology, 106, 259-64.

Stöckel, T., & Wang, J. (2011). Transfer of short-term motor learning across the lower limbs as a function of task conception and practice order. Brain and Cognition, 77, 271-9.

Wang, J., Przybyla, A., Wuebbenhorst, K., Haaland, K. Y., & Sainburg, R. L. (2011). Aging reduces asymmetries in interlimb transfer of visuomotor adaptation. Experimental Brain Research, 210(2), 283-90.

Wang, J., Mordkoff, J. T., & Sainburg, R. L. (2010). Visuomotor learning generalizes between bilateral and unilateral conditions despite varying degrees of bilateral interference. Journal of Neurophysiology, 104(6), 2713-21.

Wang, J., & Sainburg, R. L. (2009). Generalization of visuomotor learning between bilateral and unilateral conditions. Journal of Neurophysiology, 102, 2790-9.

Wang, J. (2008). A dissociation between visual and motor workspace inhibits generalization of visuomotor adaptation across the limbs. Experimental Brain Research, 187, 483-90.

Wang, J., & Sainburg, R. L. (2007). The dominant and nondominant arms are specialized for stabilizing different features of task performance. Experimental Brain Research, 178, 565-70.