The FUNCTIONS research theme focuses on personal factors (impairments and disabilities) that influence the social participation of people with disabilities. The research activities conducted under this theme can be grouped into three categories:
1) Cognitive and behavioral functions
2) Motor, sensory and perception functions
3) The functions related to language.
The research work is carried out on people of all ages and of diverse abilities, from language learning in children with hearing loss, the resuming of training activities for athletes following traumatic head injury, or the use of a prosthesis for an elderly person with an amputated leg.
Researchers in this theme use a wide range of laboratory approaches, techniques and technologies including biomechanical measurement tools, electromyography, physiological, psychophysical, neuroimaging, etc. To identify the mechanisms underlying disability, these laboratory measures are often combined with clinical measurement tools. Research activities in the “Functions” theme also aim at developing and validating assessment tools, clinical interventions and technologies influencing personal factors (functions). In addition to evaluating and improving conventional rehabilitation approaches, CIRRIS researchers work on the development of innovative technologies such as virtual reality, tele-rehabilitation, rehabilitation robotics, non-invasive brain stimulation, etc