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Neurocognition and Action - Biomechanics

Chair: Prof. Dr. Thomas Schack

The Neurocognition and Action research group is part of the Cluster of Excellence in Cognitive Interaction Technology CITEC (EXC 277) and Bielefeld University's Faculty of of Psychology and Sports Science.


Cluster of Excellence "Cognitive Interaction Technology" CITEC
Head of Graduate School Board: Thomas Schack
Member of Graduate School Board: Dirk Koester
Principal Investigator: Thomas Schack
Member of Scientific Board: Thomas Schack, Cornelia Frank

International Society of Sport Psychology - ISSP
Vice President: Thomas Schack
Member of Scientific Committee - 14th World Congress Sevilla 2017

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft - DFG
Reviewer: Thomas Schack, Dirk Koester
Head of DFG-ANR Project - CEEGE: Thomas Schack, James Crowley (INRIA Grenoble)
Head of DFG Project - CogMech: Christoph Schütz

von Bodelschwingh Foundation (Bethel)
Head of Bethel Cooperation Project - ACT: Thomas Schack, Ludwig Vogel
Federal Ministry of Education and Research - BMBF
Head of Project - ADAMAAS: Thomas Schack, Kai Essig


The "Neurocognition and Action" group investigates movements of biological organisms, humans, and technical systems in natural and artificial environments. Our main research interest is human movement and its adaptivity. For that purpose, the biological basics, the neurocognitive organization, and the kinematic parameters of human motor functions are analyzed using modern research methods.

Within the Department of Sports Science, the group primarily represents the disciplines of sports psychology, motor control and biomechanics and is dedicated to research, particularly in the areas of performance diagnostics, mental training, neurocognitive organization of movement, media based movement-learning, dynamic testing and sport anxiety.

Moreover, the group works in close cooperation with other faculties and institutes of the university, primarily with the faculty of biology and the technical faculty (cognitive robotics / neuroinformatics). The aim of this interdisciplinary cooperation is to analyze the basic mechanisms of behavior and movement organization with the purpose of future implementation on technical platforms (robots).