ZiF Research Group

Cognitive Behavior of Humans, Animals, and Machines:

Situation Model Perspectives

October 2019 – July 2020

Convenors: Werner Schneider (Bielefeld, GER), Helge Ritter (Bielefeld, GER)

Thomas Schack

Associate Fellow

Foto Neurocognition and Action Research Group,
Faculty of Psychology and Sports Science,
& Center for Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC),
Bielefeld University, Germany
E-Mail: thomas.schack@uni-bielefeld.de


Thomas Schack received a degree in Sport Science from the University of Education Zwickau (1990) and a degree in Psychology from the University Leipzig (1999). He earned a PhD at the Technical University Chemnitz and obtained his Habilitation (Venia Legendi) in psychology at German Sport University Cologne (2002), where he worked at the Psychological Institute from 1996 until 2002. From 2002 until 2004 he was appointed as an associate professor at German Sport University Cologne and from 2004 until 2005 as a professor of Biomechanics and Motor Control at the University Halle-Wittenberg. Since 2005, Thomas Schack is a Professor for Neurocognition and Action at Bielefeld University. He is principal investigator within the Center of Excellence "Cognitive Interaction Technology" (CITEC) since 2007 and head of CITEC's interdisciplinary Graduate School since 2008. Since 2009, he is Managing Council member of the International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP) and Vice President since 2013.

Current Main Research Interests

Thomas Schack's main research interest is the cognitive architecture of human action, especially building blocks of action control and principles of integration in memory, perception and motor anticipation. Furthermore, he is interested in investigating manual intelligence, imagery and the cognitive basis of individualized learning processes in natural and virtual settings. His research results are validated and used in technical systems, high-performance sports and rehabilitation.

Five selected publications with particular relevance to the Research Group
  • Schütz, C., & Schack, T. (2019). A simple model to estimate the percentage of motor plan reuse from hysteresis effect size. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 561. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00561
  • Schack, T., Essig, K., Frank, C., & Koester, D. (2014). Mental representation and motor imagery training. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, 328. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2014.00328.
  • Spiegel, M. A., Koester, D., & Schack, T. (2013). The functional role of working memory in the (re-)planning and execution of grasping movements. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 39, 1326-1339. doi: 10.1037/a0031398.
  • Land, W. M., Rosenbaum, D. A., Seegelke, C., & Schack, T. (2013). Whole-body posture planning in anticipation of a manual prehension task: Prospective and retrospective effects. Acta Psychologica, 144, 298-307. doi:10.1016/j.actpsy.2013.06.002
  • Schack, T., & Ritter, H. (2013). Representation and learning in motor action — Bridges between experimental research and cognitive robotics. New Ideas in Psychology, 31, 258-269. doi:10.1016/j.newideapsych.2013.04.003.