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Katherine Gamble successfully defends doctoral dissertation

September 11, 2014 – On January 15th, 2014 Dr. Katherine Gamble successfully defended her dissertation, “Implicit Sequence Learning in People with Parkinson’s Disease”.  Written under the mentorship of Darlene Howard, Professor of Psychology, Katherine’s dissertation examined implicit learning in people with Parkinson’s disease and healthy older adults.  Implicit learning relies on regions of brain that decline with Parkinson’s disease, but it is an important skill to maintain, as it is involved in walking, language, and various types of rehabilitation.  Results showed that implicit learning was still intact in early stages of Parkinson’s disease, but that learning likely relies on different areas of the brain than those used by healthy older adults.  

We are proud to announce that Katherine received a Research Associateship Award from the National Research Council, and is currently a Post doctoral fellow with the Army Research Laboratory.

 Dr. Darlene Howard introduces Katherine's defense presentation
Dr. Darlene Howard introduces Katherine’s defense presentation

Dr. Gamble and her cohort at Georgetown University
Dr. Gamble and her cohort at Georgetown University