Kinesiology and Health Education student Jacob Vines has been awarded a $1,000 Undergraduate Research Fellowship from The University of Texas at Austin's Office of Undergraduate Research. Vines is an exercise science major, and has worked in the Motor Coordination Lab for almost two years, studying fine motor control acquisition.
Vines' research study is titled "Digit Force Magnitude and Inter-digit Force Coordination Effects on Performance of a Complex Low-Level Force Pinch." It will include testing 48 volunteer participants as they perform a complex coordination task involving independent manipulation of thumb and index finger pinch forces. The fellowship will provide funding that will be used to compensate the study participants. Vines plans on completing the study in this academic year.