Aaron L. Wong, PhD

Institute Scientist
Director of the Cognitive-Motor Learning Laboratory
Director-Scientific of The Klein Family Parkinson's Rehabilitation Center at MossRehab
Aaron L. Wong, PhD

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 supporting movement planning
  • Mechanisms underlying imitation and tool-use deficits in patients following left-hemisphere stroke
  • The influence of motivation and effort on movement in patients with Parkinson’s Disease
Selected Publications

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Wong AL, Krakauer JW. (2019) Why are sequence representations in primary motor cortex so elusive? Neuron 103: 956-958. PMID: 31557458

Wong AL, Jax SA, Smith LL, Buxbaum LJ, Krakauer JW. (2019). Movement imitation via an abstract trajectory representation in dorsal premotor cortex. J Neurosci. PMID: 39: 3320-3331

Krakauer JW, Hadjiosif AM, Xu J, Wong AL, Haith AM. (2019). Motor learning. Compr Physiol 9: 613-663. PMID: 30873583

Wong AL, Marvel CL, Taylor JA, Krakauer JW. (2019). Can patients with cerebellar disease switch learning mechanisms to reduce their adaptation deficits? Brain 142: 662-673. PMID: 30689760


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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


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

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

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


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


Shelhamer M, Roberts D, Wong AL. (2008). 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