Lauren E Sergio


York Research Chair in Brain Health and Skilled Performance

Locations / Contact Info:

2032 Sherman Health Science Research Centre
Keele Campus
Phone (Office): 416 736 2100 Ext. 33641

Locations / Contact Info:

2010 Sherman Health Science Research Centre
Keele Campus
Phone (Lab): 416 736 2100 Ext. 33405

Email address(es):

Web site(s):

Motor Control Lab

Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - School of Kinesiology & Health Science


Ph.D. - 1994
McGill University

M.Sc - 1990
McGill University

BSc - 1988
McGill University


Dr. Sergio has studied the neural control of movement since 1988. After
completing a bachelor’s degree at McGill University in physiology, she did her Ph.D. there in psychology. Her research projects examine the effects of age, sex, neurological disease, head injury, and experience (elite versus non-elite  athletes) on the brain’s control of complex movement. Dr. Sergio works with a wide range of adult populations, including elite-level athletes and individuals affected by dementia, using behavioural and brain imaging techniques. Her funding has come primarily from NSERC and CIHR. She is also a member of the Centre for Vision Research, a core member of the VISTA program, a research associate at Southlake Regional Health Centre, and a member of the York Lions Sport Medicine Team. 

Selected Publications

Hurtubise JM, Gorbet DJ, Hynes L, Macpherson AK, Sergio LE (2020) White matter integrity and its relationship to cognitive-motor integration in females with and without post-concussion syndrome (In press), Journal of Neurotrauma,

 Echlin HE, Gorbet DJ, Sergio LE (2020) Assessment of a Cognitive-Motor Training Program in Adults At-Risk for Developing Dementia. Can. Geriatr J. May,23(2):190-198. doi:10.5770/cgj.23.394

Fueger C, Petrovska L, Heuer S, Sergio LE, Huddleston WE (2019) Remote concussion history does not affect visually-guided reaching in young adult females. Concussion Dec.2019 4:3,

Rogojin A, Gorbet DJ, Sergio LE (2019) Sex, APOE, and dementia family history: Relationship between dementia risk and cognitive-motor integration performance. J. Alz. Dis. 71:685-701. doi 10.3233/jad-190403

Kang M, Bladon J, Sergio LE (2019) Group format rehabilitation is equally effective as individual therapy in patients with surgically repaired rotator cuff tears. Physiother Res Int. e1795:1-6

Dalecki M, Gorbet DJ, Macpherson AK, Sergio LE (2019) Sport experience is correlated with complex motor skill recovery in youth following concussion. Eur J Sport Sci. Mar 17:1-10. doi: 10.1080/17461391.2019.1584249.

Dalecki M, Gorbet DJ, Sergio LE (2019b) Development of rule-based eye-hand-decoupling in children and adolescents. Child Neuropsychol. 2019 Feb 21:1-18. doi: 10.1080/09297049.2019.1578342.

Gorbet DJ, Sergio LE (2019) Looking up while reaching out: the neural correlates of making eye and arm movements in different spatial planes. Exp Brain Res. Jan;237(1):57-70. doi: 10.1007/s00221-018-5395-z.

Matveev R, Sergio L, Fraser-Thomas J, Macpherson AK.(2018) Trends in concussions at Ontario schools prior to and subsequent to the introduction of a concussion policy - an analysis of the Canadian hospitals injury reporting and prevention program from 2009 to 2016. BMC Public Health.doi: 10.1186/s12889-018-6232-9

De Boer C, Echlin HV, Rogojin A, Baltaretu BR, Sergio LE (2018) Thinking-while-moving exercises improves cognition in elderly with mild cognitive deficits: a proof-of-principle study Dem.Ger. Cog. Disord. Ex.8:248-258;doi: 10.1159/000490173

Gorbet DJ, Sergio LE (2018) Move Faster, Think Later: Women Who Play Action Video Games Have Quicker Visually-Guided Responses With Later Onset Visuomotor-Related Brain Activity. PLoS ONE13(1): e0189110.

Sayegh P, Hawkins KL, Gorbet DJ, Hoffman K, Sergio LE (2017) Spike-field coherency between premotor and  parietal cortices is affected by decoupling eye-hand coordination J Cogn Neurosci. Jul;29(7):1194-1211.

Hurtubise J, Hamandi Y, Hughes C, Macpherson AK, Sergio LE  (2016) Cognitive-motor integration in elite athletes with a history of concussion. Concussion,Vol.1(3),DOI 10.2217/cnc-2016-0006

Albines D, Granek JA, Gorbet DJ, Sergio LE (2016) Experience-, and sex-related differences in bimanual coordination development. J. Motor Learning and Development Dec. 2016, Vol.4(2),pp.274-286 doi: 10.1123/jmld.2015-0038

Hawkins KM, Sergio LE (2016) Changes in resting-state functional connectivity associated with cognitive-motor impairment in older adults at increased Alzheimer’s disease risk. J. Alz. Dis.; Jun 18;53(3):1161-72. DOI: 10.3233/JAD-151137)

Dalecki M, Hughes C, Macphersion AK, Sergio LE (2016) Prolonged cognitive-motor impairments in children and adolescents with a history of concussion.Concussion Vol.1(3)DOI: 10.2217/cnc-2016-0001)



Neural Control of Movement society

American Physiological Society

Society for Neuroscience

Canadian Association for Neuroscience

Service/Community Activities

CSA Group (Canadian Standards Association)
Technical Subcommittee on Ice Hockey equipment


Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: No

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: No

Current Research

Behavioural and neurophysiological studies of eye-limb coordination. Brain mechanisms underlying visually-guided reaching. Cognitive-motor integration; Motor control neurophysiology/neuroimaging. Control of voluntary movement in healthy adults, elite athletes, and neurological patient populations. Sex-related differences in brain function for movement control. Applications: Neuropathology detection/diagnosis/rehabilitation, especially for dementia populations; evaluation of eye-hand coordination in elite athletes; Long-term effects of concussion on skilled performance.

Curriculum Vitae (C.V. file):

CV of Lauren E Sergio