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Elliot Saltzman
Haskins Laboratories
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New Haven, CT 06511

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Boston University
Dept. of Physical Therapy
Sargent College Of Allied Health Professionals,
635 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
BU Phone: (617) 353-7494
BU Fax: (617) 353-9463

Regular Days at Haskins: Wednesday

Senior Scientist, Haskins Laboratories
Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, Boston University

1970, A.B. - Harvard College, Psychology
1979, Ph.D. - University of Minnesota, Developmental Psychology

Teaching Experience

1975 (Winter): Instructor, Introductory Child Psychology, University of Minnesota
1975 (Fall): Instructor (with Louise Carter), Introductory Child Psychology, Extension Division, University of Minnesota
1976 (Fall): Lecturer, Developmental Psychology, University of Washington
1978 (Summer): Lecturer, Sensorimotor Control and Development, University of Washington
1991 (Fall): Lecturer, Dynamics and Coordinated Movement, University of Connecticut
1992 (Fall): Lecturer, Nonlinear Dynamics of Movement Systems, University of Connecticut
1993 (Fall): Lecturer, Nonlinear Dynamics of Movement Systems, University of Connecticut
1994 (Fall): Lecturer, Nonlinear Dynamics of Movement Systems, University of Connecticut

Professional Experience

1970 - 1972 Full-time research assistant to Dr. Torsten Wiesel, Department of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.
1971 - 1972, Part-time research assistant to Dr. Jean Berko-Gleason and Dr. Elliot G. Mishler, Laboratory in Social Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Boston, MA.
1972 - 1976, Predoctoral trainee (National Institutue of Child Health and Human Development) Institute of Child Development and Center for Research in Human Learning, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.
1976 - 1981, Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
1979 - 7/82, Postdoctoral Fellow (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development), Department of Kinesiology, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, and Haskins Laboratories
1984, Invited member of the Research Group on Perception and Action, Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZIF), University of Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Federal Republic of Germany. [October 12 - November 12].
1981-present Research Scientist, Haskins Laboratories
1985-present Assistant Professor in Residence, Department of Psychology, and Center for the Ecological Study of Perception and Action, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.
Research Interests
Application of theories and methods of nonlinear dynamics and complexity
theory to understanding the dynamical and biological bases of sensorimotor
coordination and control. Skilled coordinated movements viewed as instances
of biological pattern formation, constrained task-specifically according to
environmental and intentional context.
Representative Publications
Saltzman, E. (1979). Levels of sensorimotor representation. Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 91-163.
Saltzman, E., & Kelso, J. A. S. (1987). Skilled actions: A task dynamic approach. Psychological Review, 94, 84-106. (PDF)
Saltzman, E. L. & Munhall, K. G. (1989). A dynamical approach to gestural patterning in speech production. Ecological Psychology, 1, (4), 333-382. (PDF)
Turvey, M.T., Saltzman, E., & Schmidt, R.C. (1991). Dynamics and task-specific coordinations. In N. I. Badler, B. A. Barsky, & D. Zeltzer, (Eds.). Making them move: Mechanics, control, and animation of articulated figures. San Mateo, CA: Morgan Kaufmann. (Pp. 157-170). (PDF)
Saltzman, E., & Munhall, K. G. (1992). Skill acquisition and development: The roles of state-, parameter-, and graph-dynamics. Journal of Motor Behavior, 24(1), 49-57. (PDF)
Saltzman, E. (1992). Biomechanical and haptic factors in the temporal patterning of limb and speech activity. Human Movement Science, 11, 239-251. (PDF)
Fowler, C. A., & Saltzman, E. (1993). Coordination and coarticulation in speech production. Speech Communication, 36 (2,3), 171-195. (PDF)
Hogden, J., Rubin, P., & Saltzman, E. (1996). An unsupervised method for learning to track tongue position from an acoustic signal. Bulletin de la Communication Parlèe. (PDF)
Saltzman, E. L. (1995). Dynamics and coordinate systems in skilled sensorimotor activity. In R. Port, & T. van Gelder, (Eds.). Mind as motion: Dynamics, behavior, and cognition. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. (PDF)
Saltzman, E., Löfqvist, A., Kinsella-Shaw, J., Kay, B., & Rubin, P., (1995). On the dynamics of temporal patterning in speech. In F. Bell-Berti, & L. Raphael, (Eds.). Studies in speech production: A Festschrift for Katherine Safford Harris. Woodbury, NY: American Institute of Physics. (PDF)