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Cullen, Kathleen

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Spinning for the win: Repetition helps Olympians stay oriented, even as they complete complex spins and flips

February 7, 2018

Everyone’s brain builds models—typically for ordinary tasks like walking down the street or climbing stairs. But years and years of practicing elaborate, disorienting moves like the triple Salchow or Lutz has forged considerably more complex models in the brains of elite athletes, says Kathleen Cullen, who studies the neural mechanisms that control balance.

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  • Ph.D. 1991, University Of Chicago
  • Bachelor of Science 1984, Brown University
  • 2016 - Present:  Professor, SOM Neuroscience
  • 2016 - Present:  Professor, SOM Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery


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