Department for Automation, Biocybernetics and Robotics





Zrinka Potočanac

Title: PhD
Role: Postdoctoral associate
E-mail: zrinka.potocanac [at] ijs.si
Personal web site

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Research interests


In the long term I hope to contribute to the understanding biomechanical and neural control mechanisms underlying proactive and reactive movement corrections in lower limbs.

 

To these means, my PhD project investigated fast adjustments of leg movements in daily life situations and whether the ability to adjust movements deteriorates with age. Specifically, I’ve focused on avoidance of (virtual) obstacles that were initially targets and adjustments of tripping reactions when subjects were presented with forbidden landing zones (i.e., obstacles in the foot landing area).

 

Education


Doctor of Biomedical Sciences of KU Leuven 

KU Leuven, Faculty of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences, Belgium
Promotors: prof.dr. J. Duysens, prof. dr. S. Vershueren 

 

Doctor of VU University Amsterdam

MOVE Research Institute, VU Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Promotors: dr. M. Pijnappels, prof. dr. Jaap van Dieën

 

(Joint PhD degree in the Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate Programme ‘MOVE-AGE’)

Thesis: ‘Quick adjustments of ongoing gait: perturbations in young and older adults’

 

MSc in Computer Science

Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb, Croatia

 

Memberships

International Society for Posture and Gait Research

Society for Neural Control of Movement

Society for Neuroscience

International Society for Biomechanics

Croatian Medical and Biological Engineering Society

 

Publications

 

PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES

 

 

  • Potocanac Z., Pijnappels M., Verschueren S. M. P., van Dieën J., Duysens J. (2015). Two stage responses drive leg movement adjustments during trip recovery. Journal of Neurophysiology, accepted pending revisions
  • Mazaheri M., Hoogkamer W., Potocanac Z., Verschueren S., Roerdink M., Beek P.J., Peper C.E., Duysens J. (2015). Effects of ageing on the attentional demands of step adjustments to perturbations in visually cued walking. Experimental Brain Research, accepted
  • Hoogkamer W., Potocanac Z., Duysens J. (2015). Quick foot placement adjustments during gait: direction matters. Experimental Brain Research, accepted
  • Hoogkamer W., Bruijn S., Potocanac Z., Van Calenbergh F., Swinnen S., Duysens J. (2015) Gait  asymmetry during early split-belt walking is related to perception of belt speed difference. Journal of Neurophysiology, accepted
  • Potocanac Z., Smulders E., Pijnappels M., Verschueren S. M. P., Duysens J. (2015). Response inhibition and avoidance of virtual obstacles during gait in healthy young and older adults. Human Movement Science, 39, 27-40.
  • Potocanac Z., de Bruin J., van der Veen S., Verschueren S. M. P., van Dieën J., Duysens J., Pijnappels M. (2014). Fast online corrections of tripping responses. Experimental Brain Research, 232(11), 3579-90.
  • Potocanac, Z., Hoogkamer, W., Carpes, F. P., Pijnappels, M., Verschueren, S. M. P., Duysens, J. (2014). Response inhibition during avoidance of virtual obstacles while walking. Gait & Posture, 39(1), 641–4.
  • Duysens J., Potocanac Z., Hegeman J., Verschueren S., McFadyen B.J. (2012) Split-second decisions on a split-belt; does limping affect obstacle avoidance? Experimental Brain Research, 223(1), 33-42.
  • Kasovic M., Potocanac Z., Cifrek M., Tudor A., Mejovsek M. (2009) Differences in muscle activity one year after ACL reconstruction. Croatian Sports Medicine Journal, 24, 76-81. (in Croatian)

 

 

CONFERENCE ABSTRACTS

 

  • Hoogkamer W., Potocanac Z., van Calenbergh F., Duysens J. “Online gait adjustments in cerebellar patients”, Rocky Mountain Chapter of American Society of Biomechanics Conference, Estes Park, Colorado, USA, April 17 2015
  • Potocanac Z., van Dieen J., Verschueren S., Duysens J., Pijnappels M. “Very fast muscle activations during adjustment of tripping responses”, 4th World Congress of International Society for Posture and Gait Research, Seville, Spain, June 28-July 2 2015
  • Mazaheri M., Hoogkamer W., Potocanac Z., Verschueren S., Roerdink M., Beek PJ., Peper CL., Duysens J. “Ageing effects on attentional demands of stepping adjustment in response to visual target shifts” 4th World Congress of International Society for Posture and Gait Research, Seville, Spain, June 28-July 2 2015
  • Potocanac Z., Pijnappels M, Verschueren S., van Dieën J., Duysens J. “Timing of fast online corrections to tripping perturbations”, Neuroscience 2014, Washington DC, USA, November 15-19 2014
  • Potocanac Z., Smulders E., Pijnappels M., Verschueren S. M. P., Duysens J. “Response inhibition measured using a walking task is correlated to a computer inhibition test in young adults”, Society for Neural Control of Movement 24th annual meeting, Amstedam, the Netherlands, April 22-25 2014
  • Potocanac Z., van Dieën J., Verschueren S., Duysens J., Pijnappels M. “Online step adjustments during unexpected tripping”, 7th International scientific conference on Kinesiology 2014, Opatija, Croatia, May 22-25 2014
  • Potocanac Z., van Dieën J., Verschueren S., Duysens J., Pijnappels M. “Can young adults adjust their recovery step during unexpected tripping?”, 3rd World Congress of International Society for Posture and Gait Research, Vancouver, Canada, June 29-July 3 2014
  • Mohammadi F., Potocanac Z., Bruijn S.M., Verschueren S., Nieuwboer A. ”The effect of concurrent cognitive loading and asymmetric walking in patients with Parkinson`s disease with and without freezing of gait”, 3rd World Congress of International Society for Posture and Gait Research, Vancouver, Canada, June 29-July 3 2014
  • Potocanac Z., Smulders E., Hoogkamer W., Pijnappels M., Verschueren S. M. P., Duysens J. “Response inhibition during avoidance of virtual obstacles”, Belgian society for Kinesiology (Vereniging voor Kinesiologie) 18th annual conference, Leuven, Belgium, December 13th 2013 
  • Hoogkamer W., Potocanac Z., Uniszkiewicz D., Dierckxsens S., Swinnen S.P., Duysens J. “Functional split-belt test: relation between perception and adaptation”, Belgian society for Kinesiology (Vereniging voor Kinesiologie) 18th annual conference, Leuven, Belgium, December 13th 2013 
  • Potocanac Z., Smulders E., Hoogkamer W., Pijnappels M., Verschueren S. M. P., Duysens J. "Is response inhibition during obstacle avoidance while walking the same as response inhibition measured manually or with a dual task?", 11th Motor Control and Human Skill Conference, Melbourne, Australia, November 27-29 2013
  • Potocanac Z., Smulders E., Carpes F., Hoogkamer W., Pijnappels M., Verschueren S, Duysens J. “Avoiding virtual obstacles during walking: testing response inhibition”, XXIV International Society of Biomechanics Congress, Natal, Brazil, August 4-9 2013
  • Potocanac Z., Smulders E., Pijnappels M., Verschueren S., Duysens J. “Older adults perform worse than young in a dual task when response inhibition is required”, 2nd Joint World Congress of International Society for Posture and Gait Research and Gait & Mental Function, Akita, Japan, June 22-26 2013
  • Hoogkamer W., Potocanac Z., Uniszkiewicz D., Dierckxsens S., Swinnen S.P., Duysens J. “Early rate of split-belt adaptation is related to somatosensory perception”, 2nd Joint World Congress of International Society for Posture and Gait Research and Gait & Mental Function, Akita, Japan, June 22-26 2013
  • Potocanac Z., Nienhuis B., Leunissen I., Coxon J., Swinnen S., Duysens J. "Response inhibition during a walking task compared to upper limb computer inhibition tests.", 2013 Annual meeting of the Society for cognitive neuroscience, San Francisco, CA, April 13-16 2013
  • Biljan B., Potocanac Z., Cifrek M. (2011) Comparison of Two Muscle Activity Detection Techniques from Surface EMG Signals Applied to Countermovement Jump. 5th European Conference of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering. Budapest, Hungary, September 14-18 2011
  • Potocanac Z., Cifrek M., Peharec S., Bacic P. (2010) Automatic Muscle Activity Onset Determination in Countermovement Jump. XVIII Congress of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (ISEK 2010). Aalborg, Denmark, July 16-19 2010
  • Kasovic M., Potocanac Z., Mejovsek M. (2009) Differences in ACL reconstruction techniques: EMG study. Proceedings of the XXII congress of the International Society of Biomechanics – ISB 2009. Cape Town, South Africa, July 5-9 2009