We all know intuitively what we mean by motion. Motion is change, evolution, development. A dove soars across a turquoise noon-day sky; a meteor plunges earthward from the night-black heavens; a train derails and falls off a bridge, plummeting to the jagged rocks below. The world is alive with motion. -- Michael A. Morrison, Understanding Quantum Physics

Ashvin Shah    

PhD (2008), Neuroscience and Behavior, University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Advisor: Andrew G. Barto.

BA (1997), Physics, Wesleyan University.

My e mail address is: my first name at gmail dot com.


My last academic position was as a postdoc from 2010 to 2013 with Kevin N. Gurney and the Adaptive Behaviour Research Group in the Department of Psychology at the University of Sheffield in England. I continue to do some work with them. However, I am also focusing more on the writing and editing side of science. I'm currently employed as a medical writer outside of Boston (MA), and I'm also pursuing other writing / editing projects.

Academic Info
Publications

(Digital Object Identifier) DOI link --> usually publisher's website (often abstract only without subscription).

Submitted articles
  • A Shah and KN Gurney (submitted). The Development of Optimal Behavior ``For Free.''

Poster presentations
  • A Shah and KN Gurney (2011). Dopamine-Mediated Action Discovery Promotes Optimal Behaviour 'For Free'. poster presented at the Twentieth Annual Computational Neuroscience Meeting (CNS*2011), July 23 -- 28, 2011, Stockholm, Sweden. Abstract available in BMC Neuroscience 2011, 12 (Suppl 1):P138 (18 July 2011).
    [ DOI link (abstract) | PubMed link ]

  • A Shah and AG Barto (2007). Effect on Movement Selection of Evolving Sensory Representation. poster presented at the Third Annual Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Conference (CCNC07), in conjunction with Dynamical Neuroscience XV, November 1 -- 2, San Diego, CA.
    [ pdf ]

  • A Shah and AG Barto (2007). Functional Mechanisms of Motor Skill Acquisition. poster presented at the Sixteenth Annual Computational Neuroscience Meeting (CNS*2007), July 7th - 12th, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Abstract available in BMC Neuroscience 2007, 8 (Suppl 2):P203 (6 July 2007).
    [ DOI link (abstract) | pdf ]

  • A Shah, AG Barto, and AH Fagg (2006). Biologically-Based Functional Mechanisms of Coarticulation. poster presented at Neural Control of Movement Conference, May 2-7, 2006, Key Biscayne, FL.
    [ pdf ]

  • A Shah, AH Fagg, and AG Barto (2002). Cortical Involvement in the Recruitment of Wrist Muscles. poster presented at Neural Control of Movement Conference, April 14-21, 2002, Naples, FL
    [ abstract | pdf ]

  • A Shah, AH Fagg, and AG Barto (2001). A Computational Model of Muscle Recruitment for Wrist Movements. poster presented at Neural Control of Movement Conference, March 25-30, 2001, Seville, Spain
    [ abstract | pdf ]



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