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.
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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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
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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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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 Social Motor Learning Lab is to investigate the underlying motor and perceptual-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 exploring gaze behavior during motor
action. Furthermore, we are interested in how humans learn to interact with other humans or robotic platforms. To help explore these topics, the
lab is equipped with a state-of-the-art motion tracking system that allows real-time feedback of kinematic and dynamic parameters of human motion
and a mobile eye tracking system which allows for tracking of eye movements and gaze behavior while moving.
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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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