Dr. Chapman studies what appear to be simple motor behaviours like reaching to take a sip of tea from a mug on a messy desk. These actions are simple in that we never even have to think of them, but they only appear that way, because the exact way the brain accomplishes the control of these movements remains a scientific mystery and baffles even the most complex robot.
At the heart of the his research is the question: What can we learn about human thought by studying human movement? Under this general research question, we are pursuing the following specific research projects:
1. Factors influencing motor plan competition
2. Neural signatures of decision making
3. Economic decision making in action
4. How hedonic preferences shape movements
5. Developing outcome metrics for prosthetic limb patients