Sara  Winges 
Assistant Professor
Bachelor's Degree(s): University of Minnesota, Psychology
Master's Degree: Arizona State University
PhD: Arizona State Univeristy
Phone: (225) 578-5960
Fax: (225)578-3680
Office: 175C Huey P. Long Field House


Sara A. Winges, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology at Louisiana State University. In 1999 she graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Her graduate work was conducted in the Neural Control of Movement lab at Arizona State University. In 2002 she received a Master’s degree for her thesis work examining the influence of vision on hand kinematics during reach to grasp. She was awarded an NSF-IGERT fellowship to pursue a doctoral degree which she received in 2005. Her doctoral research focused on the neuromuscular control of the hand at the level of single motor units. In 2005 she joined the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota as a Post-Doctoral Associate and later as a Research Associate. Her research focused on the kinematics, kinetics, and neuromuscular patterns of hand control. In addition to this main area of research she conducted research examining the role of vision in haptic perception of arm movements and prediction in smooth pursuit during eye tracking tasks.


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 playing. She is interested in how these patterns differ between non-musicians, amateur, and expert musicians. Dr. Winges is also interested in how our understanding of the change in these patterns can provide new rehabilitation strategies for hand dysfunction such as focal hand dystonia.

Selected Publications

Winges SA, Furuya S, Faber NJ, and Flanders M (2013) Patterns of muscle activity for digital coarticulation. Journal of Neurophysiology, Jul;110(1):230-42. doi: 10.1152/jn.00973.2012. Epub 2013 Apr 17.


Winges SA and Soechting JF. (2011) Spatial and temporal aspects of cognitive influences on smooth pursuit. Experimental Brain Research, 211: 27-36.


Winges SA, Eonta SE, and Soechting JF. (2010) Does temporal asynchrony affect multimodal curvature detection? Experimental Brain Research, 203: 1-9.


Winges SA, Eonta SE, and Soechting JF, and Flanders M. (2009) Effects of object compliance on three-digit grasping. Journal of Neurophysiology, 101: 2447-2458.


Johnston JA, Winges SA, and Santello M (2009). Neural control of hand muscles during prehension. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 629: 577-596.


Winges SA, Eonta SE, Soechting JF, and Flanders M. (2008) Multi-digit control of contact forces during rotation of a hand-held object. Journal of Neurophysiology 99:1846-1856.


Winges SA, Kornatz KW, and Santello M. (2008) Common input to motor units of intrinsic and extrinsic hand muscles during two-digit object hold. Journal of Neurophysiology, 99: 1119-1126.


Winges SA, Soechting JF, and Flanders M. (2007) Multi-digit control of contact forces during transport of hand-held objects.  Journal of Neurophysiology 98: 851-860.


Winges SA, Kundu B, Soechting JF, and Flanders M. (2007) Intrinsic Hand Muscle Activation for Grasp and Horizontal Transport," whc, pp. 39-43,  Second Joint EuroHaptics Conference and Symposium on Haptic Interfaces for Virtual Environment and Teleoperator Systems (WHC'07),  2007.


Winges SA, Johnston JA, and Santello M. (2006) Muscle-pair specific distribution and grip-type modulation of neural common input to extrinsic digit flexors.  Journal of Neurophysiology 96: 1258-1266.


Winges SA and Santello M. (2005) From single motor unit activity to multiple grip forces: Mini-review of multi-digit grasping. Integrative and Comparative Biology 45: 679-682.


Johnston JA, Winges SA, and Santello M. (2005) Periodic modulation of motor-unit activity in extrinsic hand muscles during multidigit grasping. Journal of Neurophysiology 94: 206-218.


Winges SA and Santello M. (2004) Common input to motor units of digit flexors during multi-digit grasping. Journal of Neurophysiology 92: 3210-3220.