Tyler Cluff, PhD

Tyler Cluff



Associate Professor

Faculty of Kinesiology

Full Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute

Contact information

Phone number

Office: +1 403.220.2840


Office: KNB2228


Educational Background

Postdoctoral Fellowship Motor Control and Learning, Queen's University at Kingston, 2016

Doctor of Philosophy Sensorimotor Neuroscience, McMaster University, 2012

MSc Biomechanics, University of Ottawa, 2008

BSc (Hons) Summa cum laude Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa, 2006


Areas of Research

Neuroscience - Motor Control
Computational Biology

The goal of our work is to understand how the motor system learns to produce skilled actions. Our research combines behavioral experiments with neurophysiological techniques and computational studies. We conduct experimental studies using TMS, fMRI, EMG, and robotic devices that allow us to create novel mechanical environments to measure motor learning.  

We focus on three main areas of research:

  1. The role of sensory feedback in the selection, planning, and control of voluntary movements. 
  2. Basic principles of sensory processing and how they impact motor learning.
  3. Brain imaging (fMRI) and stimulation techniques (TMS) to understand the neural circuits that support motor learning.

Research on motor learning will improve our understanding of the basic mechanisms underlying skilled movements. It may also yield better tools to understand movement deficits, as well as treatments that can be used in rehabilitation to improve sensory and motor function.


Course number Course title Semester
KNES 451 LEC 01 Advanced Topics in Human Motor Control and Learning Winter 2022