Lauren E Sergio


Locations / Contact Info:

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

Locations / Contact Info:

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

Email address(es):

Web site(s):

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 NHL draft prospects and Alzheimer’s disease patients, 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, on the leadership team for the VISTA program, a research scientist at Southlake Regional Health Centre, and a member of the York Lions Sport Medicine Team. 

Selected Publications

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)


Black A, Sergio LE, Macpherson AK  (2017) The Epidemiology of Concussions: Number and nature of concussions and time to recovery among female and male Canadian varsity athletes 2008-2011. Clin J Sport Med Jan;27(1):52-56


Gorbet DJ, Sergio LE (2016) Don’t watch where you’re going:The neural correlates of decoupling eye and arm movements. Behav Brain Res. 298b: 229-240, doi: 10.1016/ j.bbr.2015.11.012


Brown J, Dalecki MS, Hughes C, Macpherson AK, Sergio LE (2015) Cognitive-motor integration deficits in young adult athletes following concussion. BMC Sports Science, Medicine, and Rehabilitation 2015 Oct 19;7:25:1-12. doi: 10.1186/s13102-015-0019-4.


Granek JA, Sergio LE (2015) Different brain pathways for strategic control versus sensorimotor recalibration: Evidence from a dual task reach paradigm. J. Neurophysiol. Aug;114(2):1298-309


Perry CJ, Sergio LE, Crawford JD, Fallah M (2015) Hand placement near the visual stimulus improves orientation selectivity in V2 neurons. J. Neurophysiol. 113(7):2859-2870.


Hawkins KL, Goyal A, Sergio LE (2015) Diffusion tensor imaging correlates of cognitive-motor decline in normal aging and increased Alzheimer’s disease risk. J. Alz. Dis. 44(3):867-878.


Hawkins KL, Sergio LE (2014) Visuomotor impairments in older adults at increased Alzheimer’s disease risk. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. 42(2):607-621.


Sayegh P, Hawkins KL, Neagu B, Crawford JD, Hoffman K, Sergio LE. (2014) Decoupling the actions of the eyes from the hand alters beta and gamma synchrony within SPL. J.Neurophysiol.June Vol. 111(2):2210-2221


Granek JA, Pisella L, Vighetto A, Stemburger J, Rossetti Y, Sergio LE. (2013) Decoupled visually-guided reaching in optic ataxia: differences in motor control between canonical and non-canonical orientations in space. PLoS ONE 8(12): e86138.


Sayegh P, Hawkins KL, Hoffman KL,  Sergio LE (2013) Differences in spectral profiles between rostral and caudal premotor cortex when hand-eye actions are decoupled. J. Neurophysiol. Aug:110(2):952-963.


Hawkins KM, Sayegh P, Yan X, Crawford JD, Sergio LE (2013) Neural activity in superior parietal cortex during rule-based visual-motor transformations. J.Cogn.Neurosci. Mar;25(3):436-54.


Tippett WJ, Alexander LD, Rizkalla MN, Sergio LE, Black SE. (2013) True functional ability of chronic stroke patients.J Neuroeng Rehabil. Feb 13;10(1):20.


Granek JA, Pisella L, Blangero A, Rossetti Y, Sergio LE. (2012) The role of the superior parietal lobule in updating hand location in peripheral vision: further evidence from optic ataxia.PLoSOne, Oct;7(10):e46619. 


Neural Control of Movement society

American Physiological Society

Society for Neuroscience

Canadian Association for Neuroscience

Service/Community Activities

Board of Governors
Senate faculty representative

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