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Lewis A. Wheaton, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

School of Applied Physiology
Office: 1309E
Phone: 404-385-2339
Lab: Cognitive Motor Control Lab



  • Doctoral - Neuroscience and Cognitive Science, University of Maryland, College Park, 2005
  • Undergraduate - B.S. in Biology, minor in Chemistry, Radford University 1999

Research Interests

Dr. Wheaton's interests are in the neural control of higher order motor control in the upper and lower extremities. Research underway involves understanding how healthy people plan and execute complex tasks, including walking, kicking a ball, and using tools. As well, we are studying how neural networks change in people with stroke or cortical degeneration successfully plan and execute these tasks through rehabilitation or spontaneous recovery. We utilize electroencephalography (EEG), electromyography (EMG), imaging (fMRI) and behavioral analysis to explore these aspects of motor control.


  • APPH 6237 - Human Neuroimaging
  • APPH 6239 - Movement Disorders
  • APPH 4400, 6400 - Human Neuroanatomy
  • Societies

    • Society for Neuroscience
    • American Clinical Neurophysiology Society
    • International Neuropsychological Society
    • Society for the Neural Control of Movement
    • Movement Disorders Society
    • Cognitive Neuroscience Society

    Ad hoc review

    • Clinical Neurophysiology
    • Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society
    • Cortex
    • Experimental Brain Research
    • Neuroscience
    • Journal of Neuroscience Methods

    Select Publications

    Publication Abstracts, Google Scholar

    Original Articles

    • Wheaton, L.A., Villagra, F., Hanley, D.F., Macko, RF and Forrester L.W. Reliability of TMS motor evoked potentials in quadriceps of subjects with chronic hemiparesis after stroke. J Neurol Sci; 2009; 276: 115-117.
    • Hattori, N., Shibasaki, H., Wheaton, L.A., Wu, T., Matsuhashi, M., & Hallett, M. Discrete parieto-frontal connectivity related to grasping objects. J Neurophysiol; 2009; 101: 1267-82.
    • Wheaton, L.A., Bohlhalter, S, Fridman, E., Vorbach, S., & Hallett, M. Left parietal cortex activation related to planning, executing, and suppressing praxis hand movements. Clin Neurophysiol; 2009; 120: 980–986.
    • Fridman, E., Crespo, M., Gomez Arguello, S, Villarreal, M, Bohlhalter, S., Wheaton, L. & Hallett, M. Kinematic improvement following Botulinum Toxin-A injection in upper limb spasticity due to stroke. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 2010; 81: 423-427.
    • Mizelle, J.C. & Wheaton, L.A. Neural Activation for Conceptual Identification of Correct Versus Incorrect Tool-Object Pairs. Brain Research; 2010; 1354: 100-112.
    • Johnson, A; Wheaton, L.A., Shinohara, M. Attenuation of Corticomuscular Coherence with Additional Motor or Non-motor Task. Clin Neurophysiol; 2011; 122: 356-63.
    • Mizelle, J.C. & Wheaton, L.A. Testing perceptual limits of functional units: are there "automatic" tendencies to associate tools and objects? Neurosci Lett; 2011; 488: 92-96.
    • Mizelle, J.C. & Wheaton, L.A. Why is that hammer in my coffee: A multimodal imaging investigation of contextually-based tool understanding. Front. Hum. Neurosci; 2011; 4:233. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2010.00233.
    • Mizelle, J.C., Tang, T., Pirouz, N. & Wheaton, L.A. Forming tool-use representations: a neurophysiological investigation into tool exposure. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 2011; 23:10, pp. 2920–2934.
    • Borghi, A.M., Flumini, A., Natraj, N., Wheaton, L.A. One hand two objects: emergence of affordance in context. Brain and Cognition; 2012; 10: 64-73.
    • Cusack, W.F., Cope, M., Nathanson, S., Pirouz, N., Kistenberg, R., Wheaton, L.A. Neural activation differences in amputees during imitation of intact versus amputee movements. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 2012; 6: 182. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2012.00182.
    • Natraj N., Poole V., Mizelle JC, Flumini A., Borghi A, Wheaton L.A. Context and Hand Posture Modulate the Neural Dynamics of Tool-Object Perception. Neuropsychologia, 2013, 51: 506-519.

    Review Articles

    • Wheaton, L.A. Parietal Representations for Hand-Object Interactions. J. Neurosci 2007; 27: 969-970.
    • Wheaton, L.A. and Hallett, M. Ideomotor apraxia: a review. J Neurol Sci 2007; 260: 1-10.
    • Buxbaum LJ, Haaland KY, Hallett M, Wheaton L, Heilman KM, Rodriguez A, Gonzales-Rothi L. Treatment of limb apraxia: moving forward to improved action. Am J Phys Med Rehabil 2008; 87(2): 149-161.
    • Forrester L.W., Wheaton, L.A., Luft A. Exercise-mediated locomotor recovery and lower extremity neuroplasticity after stroke. J Rehabil Res Dev; 45 (2): 205-220.