Mark L. Latash

 Mark Latash

Distinguished Professor of Kinesiology

Contact Information

268N Recreation Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-865-1275


Ph.D., 1989, Physiology, Rush University

Research Interests

My field of interest is motor control defined as an area of natural science exploring how the nervous system interacts with other body parts and the environment to produce purposeful, coordinated actions. In particular, I have been involved in the development of the equilibrium-point hypothesis and uncontrolled manifold hypothesis using experimental studies of motor coordination during standing, stepping, reaching, and multi-digit (pressing and prehensile) tasks. I have also been interested in changes in motor control and coordination with healthy aging, atypical development, practice, and a range of neurological disorders.


  • Neural control of movement
  • Motor synergies
  • Movement disorders

Selected Publications

Latash M.L. (1993) Control of Human Movement. Human Kinetics: Urbana, IL.

Latash M.L. (2008) Neurophysiological Basis of Movement. Second Edition. Human Kinetics: Urbana, IL.

Latash M.L. (2008) Synergy. Oxford University Press: New York.

Latash M.L.
(2012) Fundamentals of Motor Control. Academic Press: New York, NY.

Martin J.R., Latash M.L., Zatsiorsky V.M. (2012) Effects of the index finger position and force production on the flexor digitorum superficialis moment arms at the metacarpophalangeal joints – a magnetic resonance imaging study. Clinical Biomechanics 27: 453-459.

SKM V., Zhang W., Zatsiorsky V.M., Latash M.L. (2012) Age effects on rotational hand action. Human Movement Science 31: 502-518.

Park J., Wu Y.-H., Lewis M.M., Huang X., Latash M.L. (2012) Changes in multi-finger interaction and coordination in Parkinson’s disease. Journal of Neurophysiology (in press); doi:10.1152/jn.00043.2012

Curriculum Vitae

Mark Latash vitae

Strategic Themes

  • Domains of Health and Behavior
  • Populations of Special Interest