Charles Capaday

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Charles Capaday
Visiting Professor
Human Physiology

There are three main areas of research in my Neuroscience laboratory 1) the neural mechanisms of human walking and 2) the functional organization and operational principles of motor cortical function and 3) The proprioceptive guidance of movements.

I was trained in Physiology and Electrical Engineering. My approach to understanding how the brain initiates and controls movements spans many levels of description from the cellular to the behavioural. My training in electrical engineering is an important practical underpinning for these endeavors. Signal and systems analysis and the utilization of complex biomedical instrumentation figure prominently in the day to day activities of my laboratory.

We use a wide variety of neuroscientific techniques such as single unit recordings, neuron staining, magnetic brain stimulation, mathematical modeling, etc. Optogenetic methods to study cortical function and more general motor control problems are also in the planning.

Dr. Capaday’s representative publications to go on the website when the IT person returns.  

  • W.G. Darling, B. Wall, C. Coffman and C. Capaday. Pointing to one’s moving hand: putative internal models do not contribute to proprioceptive acuity. Front. Human Neurosci. May 15;12:177. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2018.00177, 2018.
  • A. Prochazka, S. Gosgnach, C. Capaday and H. Geyer. Neuromuscular models for locomotion. In: Bioinspired Legged Locomotion: Models, Concepts, Control and Applications. Edited by Sharbafi M, and Seyfarth A., Butterworth-Heinemann, 2017.  
  • S. Ewart, S.M. Hynes, W.D. Darling and C. Capaday. A Donders’ Like Law for Arm Movements: The Signal not the Noise. Front. Human. Neurosci 10:136. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2016.00136, 2016.
  • C. Capaday and C. Van Vreeswijk. Linear summation of outputs in a balanced network model of motor cortex. (Frontiers Comp. Neurosci. Front Comput Neurosci 9:63. doi: 10.3389/fncom.2015.00063, 2015.
  • C. Capaday, C. Ethier, C. Van Vreeswijk and W.G. Darling. On the functional organization and operational principles of the motor cortex. Frontiers in Neural Circuits, DOI: 10.3389/fncir.2013.00066, 2013.