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Sara A. Winges, Ph.D.

Sara A. Winges, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

School of Sport and Exercise Science
Natural and Health Sciences

Contact Information

Gunter Hall 2680
Office Hours
Tuesday 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM, Wednesday 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM, Thursday 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Mailing Address
University of Northern Colorado
School of Sport and Exercise Science
Campus Box 39
Greeley, CO 80639


2005-2010           Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Neuroscience, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, Minnesota

2005                     Ph.D.     Department of Kinesiology, NSF-IGERT Fellow, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

2002                     M.S.       Department of Exercise Science and Physical Education, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

1999                     B.A.        Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota-Duluth, Duluth, Minnesota

Professional/Academic Experience

2017-present      Assistant Professor, School of Sport and Exercise Science, University of Northern Colorado

2012-2017           Assistant Professor, School of Kinesiology, Louisiana State University

2010-2012           Research Associate, Department of Neuroscience, University of Minnesota

2010-2012           Lecturer, School of Kinesiology, University of Minnesota

Other Experience

2015-2016       Committee Chair, 14th Annual Student Research Symposium, LSU Life Course and Aging Center 

2014-2015       Committee Co-Chair, 13th Annual Student Research Symposium, LSU Life Course and Aging Center 

2014-2015       Member, Motor Control and Learning Program Committee, North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA 2015)

Research/Areas of Interest

Dr. Winges’ research interests are focused on the neuromuscular control of the hand. One of her specific interests is the plasticity within the neuromuscular control patterns of hand movements. Recent projects have focused on the control of skilled hand movements during piano and clarinet performance. She is interested in how these patterns differ between non-musicians, amateur, and expert musicians. Dr. Winges is also interested in the object manipulation during gait (i.e. texting and walking) and how our understanding of patterns of muscle activation and how they can be changed might be applied to rehabilitation strategies for hand dysfunction.

Publications/Creative Works

Young KE, Winges SA (2017). Thumb-Rest Position and its Role in Neuromuscular Control of the Clarinet Task. Medical Problems of Performing Artists. 32(2):71-77.

Hondzinski JM, Soebbing CM, French AE, & Winges SA (2016). Different damping responses explain vertical endpoint error differences between visual conditions. Experimental Brain Research, 234(6):1575-87.

Winges SA (2015). Somatosensory feedback refines the perception of hand shape with respect to external constraints. Neuroscience. 293:1-11.

Winges SA, Furuya S (2015). Distinct digit kinematics by professional and amateur pianists. Neuroscience 284, 643–652.

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