Human Neuromuscular Physiology Laboratory

Human Neuromuscular Physiology Laboratory

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Research Interests

We aim to identify the neural/mechanical interventions and underlying mechanisms for improving motor skills and facilitating motor learning/rehabilitation using integrative approaches. We examine neural activity, motor output (e.g., neural excitability, muscle activity, and limb/hand movement), and memory with various interventions in young and old individuals including clinical populations (e.g., amputees, stroke survivors).

Key words: Neuroscience, Neural Engineering, Human Augmentation, Human-Robot Interaction, Rehabilitation, Sport Science

Research Projects

Neuromechanical Mechanisms for Motor Skills

  • Autonomic nervous system and neuromotor activity
  • Modulations of neuromotor oscillations
  • Human-Robot interaction
  • Assessment of finger movement

Neural Plasticity with Practice

  • Improvement of human-machine interaction
  • Facilitation of motor learning
  • Facilitation of motor rehabilitation

Human Augmentation

  • Wearable robot

Lab News
  • Collaborative study with engineers on ultrasound-based prosthetic finger control featured in Georgia Tech News, interviewed by IEEE Spectrum, and listed as one of the Best Medical Technologies of 2017 by Medgadjet (December, 2017). See YouTube Video.
  • Nayef passed his proposal (December, 2017).
  • International collaborative study on Finger Training Robot has been accepted for publication in the upcoming special issue of “Neuromechanis of Fine Hand Motor Tasks” in the Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology (November, 2017).
  • Shino’s invited commentary “Active Voice: Fight Between Your Muscles – Beat Common Drive for Steady Cocontraction” published in Sports Medicine Bulletin from the American College of Sports Medicine (October, 2017).

  • Georgia Center for Medical Robotics has launched, in which Dr. Shino is involved (August, 2017).
  • Ellenor completed her dissertation (August, 2017).
  • Nayef’s study featured as “Mind Over Muscles: How the Brain Hinders Individual Muscle Control” in Georgia Tech News (June, 2017)

  • International collaborative study on unpowered sensorimotor-enhancing suit has been accepted for publication in IEEE Transactions on Human Machine Systems (April 2017).
  • Best Presentation Award, 17th Conference on System Integration (SI2016), Society of Instrument and Control Engineers, Sapporo, Japan (December, 2016).
  • Best Presentation Award, 16th Conference on System Integration (SI2016), Society of Instrument and Control Engineers, Nagoya, Japan (December, 2015)
  • NSF awards Georgia Tech and Emory to start new degree programs in Healthcare Robotics in which Dr. Shino is involved (October, 2015).
  • Ellen is featured as Petit Undergraduate Research Scholar pursuing neuroscience research (September, 2015)
  • Collaborative study with Japanese labs featured in Science Daily as “New assistive equipment to maximize human sensorimotor function” (February, 2015)
  • Collaborative study on memory improvement with exercise featured in Georgia Tech News (September, 2014)


Georgia Tech has created a mechnical device for potential stroke rehabilitation. Pictured (l-r): Professor Jun Ueda, Lauren Lacey, and Associate Professor Minoru Shinohara

  • Ellenor is awarded Space Grant Fellowship from Georgia Space Grant Consortium (April, 2014)
  • NSF-funded collaborative project on human-robot interaction featured in Georgia Tech News (January, 2014)


  • Featured in engadget
  • Featured as Facebook cover photo for IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society (EMBS) (December, 2012)


Select Publications
      • Koppenhaver S, Kniss J, Lilley D, Oats M, Fernandez C, Maher R, Croy T, Shinohara M. Reliability of ultrasound shear-wave elastography in assessing low back musculature elasticity in asymptomatic individuals. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, accepted.
      • Yoshitake Y, Ikeda A, Shinohara M. Robotic finger perturbation training improves finger postural steadiness and hand dexterity. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, in press.
      • Ahmar NE, Shinohara M. Slow intermuscular oscillations are associated with cocontraction steadiness. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 49: 1955–1964, 2017.
      • Kim E, Kovalenko I, Lacey I, Shinohara M, Ueda J. Timing analysis of robotic neuromodulatory rehabilitation system for paired associative stimulation. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters 1 : 1028-1035, 2016.
      • Weinberg L, Hasni A, Shinohara M, Duarte A. A single bout of resistance exercise can enhance episodic memory performance. Acta Psychologica 153:13-19, 2014.
      • Buharin VE, Butler AJ, Shinohara M. Motor cortical disinhibition with baroreceptor unloading induced by orthostatic stress. Journal of Neurophysiology 111:2656-2664, 2014.
      • Kurita Y, Shinohara M, Ueda J. Wearable sensorimotor enhancer for fingertip using stochastic resonance effect. IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems 43:333-337, 2013.
      • Buharin VE, Butler AJ, Rajendra JK, Shinohara M. Enhanced corticospinal excitability with physiologically heightened sympathetic nerve activity. Journal of Applied Physiology 114:429-435, 2013.
      • Johnson AN, Shinohara M. Corticomuscular coherence with and without additional task in the elderly. Journal of Applied Physiology 112:970-981, 2012.
      • Johnson AN, Huo X, Ghovanloo M, Shinohara M. Dual-task motor performance with a tongue-operated assistive technology compared with hand operations. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 9:1, 2012.