Kinarm Kids

Due to COVID-19, all studies have been suspended until further notice.

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 such as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Cerebral Palsy. Help contribute to the scientific research community by allowing your child to participate.

Session Details

Participation includes approximately a 1 hour session this summer. Your child will be asked to sit in a Kinarm Exoskeleton robot. This robot is designed to measure reaching movements and joint angles within the horizontal plane when the participant is presented with a virtual task. They will have a light representing their fingertip during the session, with vision of their arms blocked. Participants will be asked to complete six quick tasks described below.

  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. Spatial Span: The participant will be required to memorize a sequence of selected targets, which they will then be asked to select from sixteen possible choices.
  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.


Participants will receive a small compensation for their involvement in the form of a gift card.


If your child is interested in participating, please contact Stephan Dobri at to schedule a session or for more information about the study. Call (613) 533-6000 ext 78743 for more information.

The Queen’s University Health Sciences and Affiliated Teaching Hospitals Research Ethics Board has approved this study (#6004951) under Dr. Stephen Scott and Dr. Claire Davies (collaborator). The Research Ethics Board can be reached at 1-844-535-2988 for any questions or concerns regarding ethical conduct.