Kristina  Neely 

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Assistant Professor

Contact Information

266 Recreation Building
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-863-4755

Research Interests

My research focuses on understanding how the central nervous system organizes the preparation, execution, and inhibition of skilled, purposeful actions. I am especially interested in how the brain mediates precision grasping. I am engaged in several lines of work examining the neural networks involved in the production and inhibition of precision grip force in healthy individuals and patients with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). I use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to simultaneously measure force output and brain activity.


  • Movement Neuroscience
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Motor Control

Selected Publications

Neely KA, Planetta PJ, Prodoehl J, Corcos DM, Comella CL, Goetz CG, Shannon KL, Vaillancourt DE. Objective measures of grip force and cognition distinguish progressive supranuclear palsy from Parkinson's disease and the Parkinson variant of multiple system atrophy. PLoS One. 2013; 8(3): e58403.

Neely KA, Coombes SC, Planetta PJ, Vaillancourt DE. Segregated and overlapping neural circuits exist for the production of static and dynamic precision grip force. Hum Brain Mapp. 2013; 34(3):698-712.

Neely KA, Heath M. The visuomotor mental rotation task: visuomotor transformation times are reduced for small and perceptually familiar angles. J Mot Behav. 2011; 43(5), 393-402.

Neely KA, Heath M. Visuomotor mental rotation: reaction time is determined by the complexity of the sensorimotor transformations mediating the response. Brain Res. 2010; 1366; 129-40.

Neely KA, Heath M. Visuomotor mental rotation: the reaction time advantage for anti-pointing is not influenced by perceptual experience with the cardinal axes. Exp Brain Res. 2010; 201(3):593-8.