Gordon Binsted


Faculty of Health and Social Development, Office of the Provost and Vice-President, School of Health and Exercise Sciences
Other Titles: Professor (Tenure), School of Exercise Sciences | Associate Provost, Academic Health
Email: gordon.binsted@ubc.ca

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Research Summary

Dr. Binsted’s research interests focus on understanding of how the human brain detects and uses sensory information to control movement.



Dr. Binsted received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Alberta in 2001. Since then he’s held research appointments at the University of Illinois, the Beckman Institute, and the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Binsted is currently a Professor in the School of Health and Exercise Science at the University of British Columbia (2007-present); he has held the post of Dean in the Faculty of Health and Social Development since 2011.


  • University of Alberta, Doctorate, Experimental Psychology, 1998 – 2001
  • McMaster University, Academic Master’s Thesis, Motor Behaviour, 1996 – 1998
  • University of British Columbia, Academic Bachelor’s, Motor Learning and Control, 1991 – 1996



Research Interests & Projects

Even the simple act of picking up a cup of coffee requires the brain to rapidly perform a complex series of sensory to motor transformations. Specifically, the brain must use visual information to locate the cup, and visual and proprioceptive information (e.g. touch, joint receptors) to locate the hand in space. However, the volume of information necessary to be processed is immense and must be curtailed prior to processing. Further, it is clear that sometimes people are not in intentional control of their actions.

Selected Publications & Presentations

Krigolson, OE, Cheng, DT, Binsted G (2015) The role of visual processing in motor learning and control: Insights from electroencephalography, Vision Research 110, 277-285

Colino FL, Buckingham G, Cheng DT, van Donkelaar P, Binsted G (2014) Tactile gating in a reaching and grasping task, Physiological Reports, Volume 2, Issue 3

Cameron, BD, Cheng, DT, Chua, R, van Donkelaar, P, Binsted, G (2013) Explicit knowledge and real-time action control: anticipating a change does not make us respond more quickly, Experimental brain research, Volume 229, Issue 3, 359-372

Cameron B, Binsted G (2012) Visual processing in the action-oriented brain., Visual Cortex – Current Status and Perspectives Edition 1, Page Range: 139-160, InTech

Colino F, Binsted G (2012) Theory and practice of MRA-guided transcranial doppler sonography, Applied Aspects of Ultrasonography in Humans Edition 1, Page Range: 41-56, InTech

Binsted, G, Brownell, K, Vorontsova, Z, Heath, M, Saucier, D (2007) Visuomotor system uses target features unavailable to conscious awareness, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,Volume 104, Issue 31, 12669-12672

For a list of additional publications visit:   pubmed-240x115



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