Kinarm Kids

The Laboratory of Integrative Motor Behaviour (LIMB) in the Centre for Neuroscience at Queen’s University is inviting children from 5-18 to perform a variety of tasks related to cognitive, sensory, and motor abilities at different stages of development. This information will be used to compare to other children that may have a disease or disorder. Help contribute to the scientific research community by allowing your child to participate.

Session Details

Your child will be asked to sit in a Kinarm (Kinesiological Instrument for Normal and Altered Reaching Movements) exoskeleton robot. This robot measures horizontal reaching movements and joint angles when the participant is presented with a virtual task. Participants will be asked to complete six tasks which will last approximately 1 hour.

  1. Visually Guided Reaching: Move the light representing their fingertip to a target.
  2. Reverse Visually Guided Reaching: Move the light representing their fingertip to a target, with the light moving in the opposite direction of the hand.
  3. Object Hit: Virtual paddles will represent the participant’s fingertips, and red targets will drop from the top of the screen. The goal is to hit as many of the targets away as possible with the paddles.
  4. Object Hit and Avoid: Again, there will be paddles and red targets will drop from the top of the screen. Only certain targets should be hit, all others should be avoided.
  5. Arm Position Matching: The KINARM exoskeleton robot will move one arm, and the participant will be asked to mirror match the position with the other, without vision of the arms.
  6. Ball on Bar: The participant will be asked to align the ball with targets that appear by moving a virtual bar, without allowing the ball to fall off the bar.

Participants may be asked if they wish to attempt the additional tasks listed below, provided there is adequate time. Participation is completely voluntary.

  1. Paired Associates Learing: The participant will memorize a set of tiles and match where the tiles were on the monitor.
  2. Trail Making: The participant will be asked to connect the numbered targets in sequential order. The second trial will involve connecting targets in order following the pattern 1, A, 2, B, etc.
  3. FFIT: The participant will be asked to block a ball from passing a paddle, sometimes the paddle moves, disappears or the hand gets bumped. If the ball falling turns red, the participant is asked to not touch the red ball.
  4. Elbow Stretch: The robot will hold the participant’s shoulder still and flex and extend the elbow multiple times at multiple speeds.


A gift card for participation will be given.

The study will be at Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KGH) on Connell 4.  A parking pass for the underground parking can be provided.

If you wish your child to participate, please contact Kim Moore at:


613-533-6000 ext. 74590