Cognition and Action Labs

To understand the Cognitive Architecture of Human Inter-Action, the group has further developed different psychological methods to analyse both, the mental structures of action representation in human long-term memory and chunking processes in working memory (Memory Lab, EEG Cognition Lab), as well as biomechanical methods to capture the execution of complex movements and human interaction in real-time (Sensorimotor Lab, Biomechanics Lab and Social Motor Learning Lab). Combining these approaches it is possible to study the relationship between cognition and performance in human action and interaction and focus on cognitive building blocks of motor intelligence in humans and robots in order to support research in Cognitive Interaction Technology (Mobile Action Assistance Lab and cooperative CITEC Labs).

The Cognition and Action Laboratories (Coala) are a cluster of seven well-equipped labs for conducting experimental studies on kinematic, cognitive and perceptual processes in human motor action.

Biomechanics Lab

In the Biomechanics Lab (Cognitive Biomechanics and Augmented Reality together with Inter-Motion Lab) the kinematics and dynamics of complex human motion are investigated. Additionally, the lab provides a set-up for moving in a virtual reality environment. This research site uses state-of-the-art equipment to measure 3D-motion in real-time and to provide online feedback about kinematic and dynamic parameters of human action in real space and virtual space.
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EEG Cognition Lab

The neurophysiological correlates of mental processes and representation structures are investigated in the newly established EEG Cognition Lab (Neuromotion and Neurosimulation). The EEG Cognition Lab is equipped with a cabin that completely shields the state-of-the-art 64 channel EEG system amplifier from the electrical disturbances of the surrounding. This allows to measure participants' electrical activity at the scalp without any interferiences in the recorded signals resulting from other devices in the laboratory. During the experiment the participant in the cabin is monitored by a camera and reacts to stimuli presented on a desktop screen. Equipment for reaction time experiments, like button boxes or pedals, can also be used. The experimenter operates and monitors the experiment from the outside. There is also a stereo equipment in the cabin to play and record audio files.
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Memory Lab

The cognitive structures of skill representations can be measured in the Memory Lab (Cognitive Representation and Motion Intelligence), where specific methods are used to test participants' performance in experiments on the organization of their long-term and short-term memory systems.
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Manual Action Lab

The focus of the Manual Action Lab is to investigate how humans plan, execute, and control their movements during goal-directed tasks. The research conducted by members of the MA Lab is diverse, ranging from basic research on cognition, perception, and action, to understanding the neural bases of motor planning and control in healthy adults and children, as well as in various patient populations. Our research utilizes a variety of psychological approaches and research techniques in order to gain a more complete understanding of human behavior. Furthermore, it will serve for the assessment of physical performance in golf and other sport disciplines.
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Sensorimotor Lab

The Sensorymotor Lab (Human Perception and Sensomotorics) examines the planning and execution of goal-directed reaching and grasping actions in children and adults, as well as the interaction of mental processes that subserve motor actions and memory tasks. Furthermore, eye-tracking and reaction-time experiments are carried out to investigate the influence of movement expertise on visual perception during the observation and/or interaction with objects and ongoing events in the environment.
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Social Motor Learning Lab

The focus of the newly created Social Motor Learning Lab is to investigate the underlying motor and cognitive adaptations that occur during the acquisition of complex motor skills. The research conducted by members of the lab includes examining the development of cognitive representations of motor actions, investigating the link between cognitive and biomechanical movement primitives, and investigating how humans learn to physically interact with robotic platforms. The lab is equipped with a state-of-the-art motion tracking system which allows real-time feedback of kinematic and dynamic parameters of human motion to help explore these topics.
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Mobile Action Assistance Lab

In the Mobile Action Assistance Lab we combine different mobile techniques, like eye tracking, measurement of mental representation structures, wearable sensor technology, AR.
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