Aaron L. Wong, PhD

Institute Scientist
Director of the Cognitive-Motor Learning Laboratory
Aaron L. Wong, PhD
Bio

Dr. Wong is interested in understanding how the healthy motor system controls movements and how people learn skills, with the long-term goal of applying that understanding to more effectively rehabilitate individuals with movement disorders resulting from injury or neurodegenerative disease.

He received his B.S. in Biomedical/Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, and completed his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and his postdoctoral training at Johns Hopkins University. His research blends behavioral, computational, and neuropsychological approaches in the study of eye and arm movements.

Research Interests
  • Cognitive-motor interactions contributing to the learning of skilled behaviors
  • Computational and non-computational processes that occur during movement planning
  • Neural circuits supporting the control of actions
Publications
2017

Wong AL, Goldsmith J, Forrence AD, Haith AM, Krakauer JW. Reaction times can reflect habits rather than computations. eLife 6: e28075, 2017. PMID: 28753125

Wong AL, Haith AM. Motor planning flexibly optimizes performance under uncertainty about task goals. Nature Communications 8: 14624, 2017. PMID: 28256513

Beaton KH, Wong AL, Lowen SB, Shelhamer M. Strength of baseline inter-trial correlations forecasts adaptive capacity in the vestibulo-ocular reflex. PLoS One 12: e0174977, 2017. PMID: 28380076

Federighi P, Wong AL, Shelhamer M. Inter-trial correlations in predictive-saccade endpoints: fractal scaling reflects differential control along stimulated and orthogonal directions. Front Hum Neurosci 11: 100, 2017. PMID: 28326028

2016

Wong AL, Goldsmith J, Krakauer JW. A motor planning stage represents the shape of upcoming movement trajectories. J Neurophysiol 116: 296-305, 2016. PMID: 27098032

Shaikh AG, Wong AL, Optican LM, Zee DS. Impaired motor learning in a disorder of the inferior olive: is the cerebellum confused? Cerebellum 16: 158-167, 2016. PMID: 27165043

Mantokoudis G, Saber Tehrani AS, Wong AL, Agrawal Y, Wenzel A, Carey JP. Adaptation and compensation of vestibular responses following superior canal dehiscence surgery. Otol Neurotol 37: 1399-1405, 2016. PMID: 27556420

Mantokoudis G, Agrawal Y, Newman-Toker DE, Xie L, Tehrani ASS, Wong AL, Schubert MC. Compensatory saccades benefit from prediction during head impulse testing in early recovery from vestibular deafferentation. Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol 273: 1379-1385, 2016. DOI: 10.1007/s00405-015-3685-7

2015

Wong AL, Haith AM, Krakauer JW. Motor planning. Neuroscientist 21: 385-398, 2015. PMID: 24981338

Wong AL, Lindquist MA, Haith AM, Krakauer JW. Explicit knowledge enhances motor vigor and performance: motivation versus practice in sequence tasks. J Neurophysiol 114: 219-232, 2015. PMID: 25904709

Shaikh AG, Wong AL, Zee DS, Jinnah HA. Why are voluntary head movements in cervical dystonia slow? Parkinsonism Relat Disord 21: 561-566, 2015. PMID: 25818535

2014

Wong AL, Shelhamer M. Similarities in error processing establish a link between saccade prediction at baseline and adaptation performance. J Neurophysiol 111: 2084-2093, 2014. PMID: 24598520

Shaikh AG, Wong AL, Zee DS, Jinnah HA. Voluntary rapid head movements in cervical dystonia. Mov Disord 29: 527-528, 2014.

Mantokoudis G, Schubert MC, Tehrani ASS, Wong AL, Agrawal Y. Early adaptation and compensation of clinical vestibular responses after unilateral vestibular deafferentation surgery. Oto Neurotol 31: 148-154, 2014. PMID: 23965525

2013

Wong AL, Shelhamer M. A long-memory model of motor learning in the saccadic system: A regime-switching approach. Ann Biomed Eng 41: 1613-1624, 2013. PMID: 23064820

Shaikh AG, Wong AL, Zee DS, Jinnah HA. Keeping your head on target. J Neurosci. 33: 11281-11295, 2013. PMID: 23825431

2012

Wong AL, Shelhamer M. Using prediction errors to drive saccade adaptation: the implicit double-step task. Exp Brain Res 222: 55-64, 2012. PMID: 22850925

2011

Wong AL, Shelhamer M. Exploring the fundamental dynamics of error-based motor learning using a stationary predictive-saccade task. PLoS One 6: e25225, 2011. PMID: 21966462

Wong AL, Shelhamer M. Saccade adaptation improves in response to a gradually introduced stimulus perturbation. Neurosci Lett 500: 207-211, 2011. PMID: 21741440

Wong AL, Shelhamer M. Sensorimotor adaptation error signals are derived from realistic predictions of movement outcomes. J Neurophysiol 105: 1130-1140, 2011. PMID: 21123665

2010

Shaikh AG, Wong AL, Optican LM, Miura K, Solomon D, Zee DS. Sustained eye closure slows saccades. Vision Res 50: 1665-1675, 2010. PMID: 20573593

2008

Shelhamer M, Roberts D, Wong AL. A new “wireless” search-coil system. Proceedings of the 2008 symposium on eye tracking research and applications, Savannah, GA, March 2008. Award: Best Paper. DOI: 10.1145/1344471.1344519