Eastern Michigan University
College of Arts and Sciences
Psychology Department
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Jin Bo

Associate Professor

301M Science Complex




Neuroscience and Cognitive Science, Ph.D

Interests and Expertise

Dr. Bo had worked as a pediatrician in China. Her earlier clinical experience with children initiated her research interest in understanding the underlying mechanisms of children with sensorimotor coordination difficulties. She received her doctorate and master’s degrees at University of Maryland, College Park. During her doctoral training, Dr. Bo also worked at Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins University. After graduation, Dr. Bo went on for postdoctoral training at the University of Michigan before being hired by Eastern Michigan University.

Dr. Bo’s research is focused on the behavioral and neural mechanisms of age-related changes in motor skill learning using cognitive neuroscience approach. Especially, how the age-related changes in brain function affect human behavior.

Currently, there are two major lines of research in Dr. Bo’s lab. One is to understand the role of cognitive functions on motor skill learning in older adults using both behavioral and neuroimaging approaches. The other is to study the underlying mechanisms of motor development in children with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder.

Selected Publications

Bo, J., Lee, C.M. (in press). Motor skill learning in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Research in Developmental Disabilities.

Bo, J., Jennett, S & Seidler, R.D. (2012). Differential working memory correlates for implicit sequence learning in young and older adults. Experimental Brain Research. 221, 467-477.

Bo, J., Peltier, S.J, Noll, D.L & Seidler, R.D. (2011). Age differences in symbolic representation of motor sequence learning. Neuroscience Letters.504, 68-72.

Bo, J., Jennett, S & Seidler, R.D. (2011). Working memory correlates with implicit performance on SRT. Experimental Brain Research. 214, 73-81.

Bo, J. & Seidler, R.D. (2010). Spatial and symbolic sequence learning in young and older adults. Experimental Brain Research, 201, 837-851.

Bo, J. & Seidler, R.D. (2009). Age-related declines in visuospatial working memory correlate with deficits in explicit motor sequence learning. Journal of Neurophysiology, 102, 2744-2754.

Bo, J. & Seidler, R.D. (2009). Visuospatial working memory capacity predicts the organization of acquired explicit motor sequences. Journal of Neurophysiology, 101, 3116-3125.

Bo, J., Block, H., Clark, J. E., & Bastian, A. J. (2008). A Cerebellar deficit in sensorimotor prediction explains movement timing variability. Journal of Neurophysiology, 100, 2825-2832.

Bo, J., Bastian, A. J., Kagerer, F. A., Contreras-Vidal, J. L., & Clark, J. E. (2008). Temporal variability in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Neuroscience Letters, 431, 215-220.

Bo, J., Bastian, A. J., Contreras-Vidal, J. L., Kagerer, F. A., & Clark, J. E. (2008). Continuous and discontinuous circle and line drawing: high temporal variability exists only in discontinuous circling in young children. Journal of Motor Behavior, 40, 391-399.

Fling, B., Bernard, J., Bo, J. & Langan, J. (2008). Corpus callosum and bimanual coordination in multiple sclerosis. Journal of Neuroscience. 28(29):7248-7249.

Bo, J., Contreras-Vidal, J. L., Kagerer, F. A., & Clark, J. E. (2006). Effects of increased complexity of visuo-motor transformations on children’s arm movements. Human Movement Science, 25, 553-567.

Kagerer, F. A., Contreras-Vidal, J. L., Bo, J., & Clark, J. E. (2006). Abrupt, but not gradual visuomotor distortion facilitates adaptation in children with developmental coordination disorder. Human Movement Science, 25, 622-633.

Contreras-Vidal, J. L., Bo, J., Boudreau, P., & Clark, J. E. (2005). Development of visuomotor representation for hand movement in children. Experimental Brain Research, 162, 155-164.

Kagerer, F. A., Bo, J., Contreras-Vidal, J. L., & Clark, J. E. (2004). Visuomotor adaptation in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Motor Control, 8, 450-460.

Bo, J. & Clark, J. E. (2008). Fine motor skill development in infants and children. In G.Payne & P. Geng (Eds.), Introduction to Human Movement Development. 1st ed., Beijing: People’s Education Press.

Bo, J., Langan, J., & Seidler, R. D. (2008). Cognitive Neuroscience of Skill Acquisition, invited chapter for Parallels in Learning and Memory, S. de Belle, B. Etnyre, T. Polk & A. Benjamin, Eds.

Courses Taught

301W Experimental Design
635 Cognitive Neuroscience

Lab Contact and Relevant Information

Neuroscience Lab: 352C,D Science complex

Graduate students:

Doctoral Students: Chi-Mei Lee, Alison Colbert, Kaitlin Oswald

Master Students: Ronda Caldwell, Jeffrey Schaffert, Rebecca Neil

The Psychology Department is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold, 734.487.4344