The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is conducting a research study that will evaluate how people learn to fully control a robotic arm using a body-machine interface.
We need participants with (ref: injured) and without (ref: uninjured) past spinal cord injuries. Injured participants have no history of neuromotor impairments or any other conditions that affect arm, shoulder, or upper trunk mobility.
We are investigating a new approach for learning the control of assistive devices with a body-machine interface, for individuals with spinal cord injuries. Your participation will be used to evaluate whether this approach can improve the control of assistive devices, such as robotic arms by individuals with spinal cord injuries.
Participants in this study will:
- Operate a simulated and/or robotic arm to perform common daily tasks using arms and/or shoulders.
- Answer questionnaires about the tasks performed.
The study length will be 15 sessions, lasting 2 hours each, over approximately 2 months (3 sessions per week).
Who Can Participate
- Ages 18+ (uninjured), 16+ (injured)
- Able to give informed signed consent
Participants will receive a stipend per session.
Ages 18+ (uninjured), 16+ (injured)