Ralph W. Nelson
Credentials: Motor Control and Behavior, Department of Kinesiology
(School of Education)
Position title: Graduate student
Advisor: Andrea Mason, PhD
Keywords: Eye tracking, visual fixations, autism, motor tasks, upper- and lower-limb coordination, dual-task interference
BS 2017, Kinesiology, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN
Ralph Nelson’s research focus is on the role of visual attention in the performance of two concurrent motor tasks (dual-task), which in this case, are walking while carrying an object with or without blocks to balance. Using the preliminary visual fixation and gait data for young adults that he has collected, he plans to compare dual-task performance between autistic and non-autistic individuals.