Ewa Niechwiej-Szwedo

Associate Professor

Ewa niechwiej-szwedo

Contact information

Office: BMH 1116

Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 38311

Email: eniechwiej@uwaterloo.ca

Website: Developmental Visuomotor Neuroscience Lab

 

Research interests

We are pursuing 2 main research themes in the Developmental Visuomotor Neuroscience Lab. The goal of Theme 1 is advance the understanding of visuomotor integration during the performance of skillful movements in 3D space. The overarching hypothesis for this work is that binocular vision provides an essential input for the development and optimal performance of manipulation skills, which is based on predictive control mechanisms that require the knowledge of object properties. Experimental work includes studies with visually-normal children and adults, as well as people with abnormal binocular vision. Results from this work will help us develop assessment tools and training regimens to improve visuomotor coordination.

The goal of Theme 2 is to develop more sensitive and objective behavioral tests to improve concussion diagnosis and recovery monitoring following a sport-related head injury. Objective and sensitive screening measures for concussions are important in order to reduce the long-term consequences associated with repetitive head injury, such as early onset brain and behavior disorders.

Summary

  • Role of normal binocular vision in the development of fine motor skills
  • Neuroplasticity resulting from abnormal binocular vision due to amblyopia and/or strabismus
  • Multisensory integration during performance of complex manipulation tasks
  • Effect of mild traumatic brain injury and post-concussion syndrome on oculomotor and cognitive functions
  • Environmental and genetic interactions

Graduate supervision and student opportunities

  • Research volunteer
  • Undergraduate thesis
  • MSc thesis
  • Coursework interns
  • PhD thesis

Please email me to discuss current available opportunities.

Graduate studies application details

Teaching, expertise, tools and technologies

Teaching

  • Visuomotor control: eye movements, hand-eye coordination
  • Binocular vision: depth perception, stereopsis
  • Visual and motor development
  • Motor learning

Tools and technologies 

  • Eye tracking
  • Limb tracking
  • Psychophysics

Courses

KIN 356: Information Processing in Human Perceptual and Motor Performance

KIN 357: Motor Learning

KIN 653: Fundamentals of Neuroscience

Education

PhD (University of Toronto)

Selected publications

See PubMed for full list of publications. 

*Alramis, F., Roy, E., Christian, L., Niechwiej-Szwedo, E. Contribution of binocular vision to the performance of complex manipulation tasks in 5-13 years old visually-normal children. Human Movement Science. 2016, 46:52-62

*Tapper, A., Gonzalez, D., Roy, E., Niechwiej-Szwedo, E. Executive function deficits in team sport athletes with a history of concussion revealed by a visual-auditory dual task paradigm. Journal of Sport Sciences. 2016, 21:1-10

Niechwiej-Szwedo, E., *Chin, J., *Wolfe, P., Popovich, C., Staines, W.R. Abnormal visual experience during development alters the early stages of visual-tactile integration. Behavioural Brain Research. 2016, 304:111-119

Gonzalez, D.A. & Niechwiej-Szwedo, E. The role of binocular vision in hand-eye coordination during sequential grasping and placing movements. Vision Research.

Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo