Nikita A. Kuznetsov

Assistant Professor

Bachelor's Degree(s): Psychology, California State University, Northridge, 2007

Master's Degree: Experimental Psychology, University of Cincinnati, 2010

PhD: Experimental Psychology, University of Cincinnati, 2013

Phone: 225-578-3845


Office: 73 Huey P. Long Field House



Nikita A. Kuznetsov received his doctoral degree in Experimental Psychology at University of Cincinnati in 2013 focusing on coordination of breathing and postural control during precision aiming tasks and quiet stance in younger and older adults, as well as individuals with asthma. He completed postdoctoral training in the Action Lab at Northeastern University (2013-2015), where he utilized non-invasive brain stimulation techniques (tDCS) to alter motor variability in hand control and to improve motor learning. His second post-doctoral training at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2015-2017) focused on the development of Android-based assessment protocol for measuring changes in gait after suspected concussion.

Research in my lab focuses on understanding how the central nervous system controls movement in healthy young adults and in individuals recovering from neurological trauma. The goal is to understand basic principles of motor control in healthy individuals, and to develop novel motor assessment tools and rehabilitation protocols to improve motor function. We primarily use behavioral manipulations coupled with detailed kinematic, kinetic, and surface electromyography to understand how humans learn to perform novel complex skills and coordinate actions of their limbs. Recent work in the lab has focused on the development of a guitar-based active music-supported therapy for improving arm and hand motor function in individuals recovering from stroke. As part of this work we have been studying questions related to physical interaction of the hand and guitar strings as well as characterizing kinematic patterns of upper extremity movement during learning of this demanding sensorimotor task.

Selected Publications

Kodama, K., Yasuda, K., Kuznetsov, N. A., Hayashi, Y., & Iwata, H. (2019). Balance Training with a Vibrotactile Biofeedback System Affects the Dynamical Structure of the Center of Pressure Trajectories in Chronic Stroke Patients. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 13, 84.

Kuznetsov, N.A., Robins, R.K., Long, B., Jakiela, J.T., Haran, F.J., Ross, S.E., Wright, W.G., & Rhea, C.K. (2018) Validity and reliability of a smartphone app to quantify neuromotor function using a dynamic balance test. Physiological Measurement, 39, 02NT01.

Kuznetsov N.A. & Rhea, C.K. (2017) Power considerations for the application of detrended fluctuation analysis in gait variability studies. PLoS One, 12(3): e0174144.

Rhea, C.K. & Kuznetsov, N.A. (2017). Using visual stimuli to enhance gait control. Journal of Vestibular Research, 27(1), 7-16.

Huber, M., Kuznetsov, N.A., & Sternad, D. (2016). Persistence of reduced neuromotor noise in long-term motor skill learning. Journal of Neurophysiology, 116(6), 2922-2935.

Kuznetsov, N., Bonnette, S., Gao, J., & Riley, M. A. (2013). Adaptive fractal analysis reveals limits to fractal scaling in center of pressure trajectories. Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 41(8), 1646-1660.

Selected Presentations

Miller, N. T., Brandon, Z. W., Bryant, M. C., Douglas, A. L., Haase, M., Justice, K. R., Kirsch, J., Dechenaud, M., Gilbert, H. B., Kuznetsov, N.A. (July 23, 2018). Development of adaptive mechatronic guitar for stroke rehabilitation. Progress in Clinical Motor Control I: Neurorehabilitation, State College, PA.

Winges, S., Acharya, P. A., Kuznetsov, N.A, (June 21, 2018) Application of cross-recurrence quantification analysis to characterize finger entrainment during rhythmic tapping. North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, Denver, CO.

Raisbeck, L. D., Kuznetsov, N.A., Yamada, M., (June 21, 2018) The effects of using attentional focus in a virtual reality environment. North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, Denver, CO.

Kuznetsov, N.A., (May 3, 2018). Contributions of Action Selection and Execution to Spatiotemporal Interference in a Bimanual Rhythmic-Discrete Task. Neural Control of Movement. Society for Neural Control of Movement, Santa Fe, NM. 


KIN 4571 – Neuromotor Control

KIN 3514 – Biomechanical Basis of Kinesiology


Selected Links

Neuromotor Control and Rehabilitation Lab