Aiden Payne

PhD Candidate

Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech and Emory University


  • AS, Biology, Middle Georgia College, Cochran, GA, 2010
  • BS, Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA, 2018
  • PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech and Emory University, Atlanta, GA, Expected 2019


I am interested in interactions between cognitive and motor control, particularly in the case of motor impairments. My research uses noninvasive muscle (EMG) and brain (EEG) recording during reactive balance recovery and during computer-based cognitive task performance to relate evoked responses across tasks to investigate the relationship between motor and cognitive impairments in old age and in Parkinson’s disease. My long-term goal is to lead my own lab leveraging cortical event-related potential (ERP) techniques to investigate neural mechanisms of cognitive and motor disabilities in both neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders to optimize rehabilitation therapies through a mechanistic understanding of functional deficits, and through combination of targeted non-invasive brain stimulation with traditional exercise-based practices.


AM Payne, G Hajcak, and LH Ting (2018) Dissociation of muscle and cortical response scaling to balance perturbation acceleration. Journal of Neurophysiology.

AM Payne, G Hajcak, and LH Ting. (In Revision) Is the balance N1 an error related negativity? Society for Psychophysiology.

AM Payne and LH Ting (In Prep.) Better balance ability is associated with smaller perturbation-evoked cortical responses in healthy young adults. Journal of Neurophysiology.

AM Payne, A Sawers, JL Allen, JM Macpherson, and LH Ting (In Prep.) Redundant levels of modular motor control revealed by peripheral sensory loss. Manuscript in preparation for Journal of Neuroscience.