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Andrew Gordon

Professional Background

Educational Background

B.A., Hampshire College

M.S., Pennsylvania State University

Ph.D., Karolinska Institute

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Minnesota.

Scholarly Interests

The use of sensory information during the learning and control of well-learned manual skills (sensorimotor control). The biological basis of hand impairments in populations with movement disorders that disrupt sensorimotor control (e.g., children with early brain damage and adults with diseases of the basal ganglia). Rehabilitation and cerebral palsy. Constraint-induced movement therapy and bimanual training.

Selected Publications

Hung, Y-C, Gordon, AM, (2013) Motor learning of a bimanual task in children with unilateral cerebral palsy. Research in Developmental Disabilities Res Dev Disabil. 34:1891-1896.

de Brito Brandão, MB, Gordon, AM, Mancini, MC, (2012) Functional impact of constraint therapy and bimanual training in children with cerebral palsy. American Journal of American Journal of Occupational Therapy. 66: 320-9.

Hung, Y-C, Casertano, L, Hillman, A, Gordon, AM (2011) The Effect of training specificity on bimanual coordination in children with hemiplegia. Research in Developmental Disabilities 32: 2724-2731.

Gordon, AM (2011) To constrain or not to constrain, and other stories of intensive upper extremity training for children with unilateral cerebral palsy. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. 53 (S4): 56-61.

Gordon, AM, Hung, YC, Brandao, M, Ferre, CL, Kuo, H-C, Friel, K, Petra, E, Chinnan, A, Charles, JR (2011) Bimanual Training and Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy in Children with Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy: A Randomized Trial. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair 25: 692-702.

Zhang, W, Gordon, AM, Fu, Q, Santello, M (2010) Object rotation reveals independent sensorimotor memory representations of digit positions and forces for skilled manipulation. Journal of Neurophysiology 103: 2953–2964.

active professional organizations

Society for Neuroscience

International Brain Research Organization

Society for the Neural Control of Movement

American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine

principal publications

honors and awards

NIH National Research Service Award

Dissertation Fellowship, Karolinska Institute

Fulbright Award
AACPDM Richmond Cerebral Palsy Research Award Nomination
APTA Hughs Award for best pediatric research paper with a physical therapist/student co-author
Best Paper Award, Foundation for Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
2007 Gayle Arnold Award for Best Scientific Paper (with Jeanne Charles) from the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine


National Science Foundation (2008-2011)

Principle Investigator, “Dexterous Control of Multi-Digit Grasping


National Institutes of Health (2009-2014)

Sponsor (K01 Trainee: Kathleen Friel)


National Institutes of Health (2008-2009)

Sponsor (K12 Trainee: Kathleen Friel)


Thrasher Foundation (2007-2010)

Principle Investigator, “A Randomized Control Trial of Hand-Arm Intensive Bimanual”


National Science Foundation (2006-2009)

Principle Investigator, “Coordination of multi-digit forces during grasping”

National Institutes of Health, K23 (2006-2011)
Sponsor (K-award Trainee: Preeti Raghaven) 

United Cerebral Palsy Research and Education Foundation (2005-2008)

Principal Investigator. “Rehabilitative strategies for improving unimanual and bimanual hand function in children with hemiplegic CP”


useful web sites

BBSR 4050: Biomechanical analysis of human movement

Permission required. Covers the principles and techniques required to analyze human movement, which can be used to develop practical research questions. Quantitative and qualitative techniques for analysis of movement are discussed in relation to the study of learning, motor control, motor development, and motor impairments. Lab fee: $50.

BBS 5068: Brain and behavior I: Communication in the nervous system

An introduction to communication within the nervous system and functional brain neuroanatomy. Examination of chemical circuits in the brain and associated pathologies, such as Parkinsons disease, Tourettes, schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety.

BBSR 5504: Research training in motor learning

Permission required. A competency-based approach to the preparation of researchers in the areas of neuromotor control and perceptual-motor processes. Several learning experiences are offered each semester, involving lectures, laboratory practica, seminars and individual research advisement.

BBSR 6563: Neuromotor processes seminar

Offered in conjunction with review and analysis of research related to conference topic.

BBSR 6564: Advanced topics in neuromotor processes

Topic changes annually.

Documents & Papers

Video clip describing current research project on Constraint-induced therapy in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy.

Download: Contraint-induced therapy overview

Video clip describing the Constraint-induced therapy intervention in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy.

Download: Contraint-induced therapy intervention

Vita as of 4/13/2010

Download: Curriculum Vita [PDF]

Centers and Projects

Movement Science Laboratories
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The Movement Science laboratories were recently upgraded to cutting edge technology for the study of movement with support from a National Science Foundation Major Instrumentation Grant.