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On 23.01.2018 Matthias Novak, the junior and creative coach of FC Bayern Munich, visited the Neurocognition and Action group.

It exists a long-standing cooperation in the development of new diagnostic and training methods for an optimal interaction of brain and motor coordination in high-performance football. Of particular interest is the question, how special exercises in technical training can also promote working memory and motoric creativity on the pitch.

Matthias Nowack is, together with Jörg Seewald, author of the book "Beweg Dein Gehirn" (2017), which also contains an interview with Prof. Dr. Thomas Schack.

The image shows Ludwig Vogel, Thomas Schack and Matthias Nowak (from the left).

Listen to a brief statement from Matthias Nowak

or read a report in the newspaper [ Neue Westfälische (in German) ]


The "Handball All-Star Game 2018" was a highly frequented sport event at the University Bielefeld. 300 spectators saw the match between the university team and the Bundesliga team of TBV Lemgo. Ludwig Vogel from the "Neurocognition and Action" research group was the coach of the mixed student team from University Bielefeld and Bielefeld University of Applied Science. Here you find newspaper articles of the event:

[ Neue Westfälische 2018 01 08 (in German) ]
[ Neue Westfälische 2018 01 19 (in German) ]
[ Westfalen Blatt 2018 01 10 (in German) ]
[ Westfalen Blatt 2018 01 19 (in German) ]

New Book on Memory and Cognition:Performing the Remembered Present - the Cognition of Memory in Dance, Theatre and Music, co-edited by Bettina Bläsing and Pil Hansen, is published! The collection brings together scientists, scholars and artist-researchers to explore the cognition of memory through the performing arts and examine artistic strategies that target cognitive processes of memory.

A new ebook describes and explains the work of our group.

You can read it online [ here ]

or as PDF [ here ]

Die Abteilung Sportwissenschaft kooperiert mit der Universität Bologna (School of Pharmacy, Biotechnology and Motor/Sport Science) im Erasmus+ Programm, um den internationalen Austausch zu fördern.
[ Universität Bologna ]
[ School of Pharmacy, Biotechnology and Motor/Sport Science ]

Research Projekt Movement therapy with patients suffering from depression started
The Project is a cooperationproject with the University clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Lübbecke (Mühlenkreiskliniken). It is one of five projects supported by the "Forschungsfond Medizin" of Bielefeld University and Ruhr University Bochum.
In this project, we investigate the consequences of physical exercise as part of a therapeutic procedure on depression at different levels. Cognitive effects and behavioural changes will be tested together with neurophysiological consequences that may result from the above-mentioned treatment supplement (physical exercise).
[ See also / German webside ].

Christian Schütz, Mitarbeiter der Hochschule Fulda, diskutiert in der Zeitschrift "physioscience" einen Artikel von Schack, Essig, Frank , Koester (2014).
[ siehe hier ]
[ zum diskutierten Artikel ]
At the 2nd European Seminar of Sport Psychology in Pisa, Italy, Cheng, Koester, Hung & Schack received the Best Poster Award on Neurofeedback training (28-30 Sept. 2017).

Stellenausschreibung zum 01.12.2017 für eine(n) wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin/ wissenschaftlichen Mitarbeiter (E13 TV-L, befristet)

Die Stelle ist in dem CITEC / Forschungsfonds Medizin "Bewegungstraining bei unipolarer Depression" in Kooperation mit der Mühlenkreisklinik Lübbecke verankert
[ siehe hier ].

We would like to announce the talk of Eva Maria Reuter

Motor Control, Attention & Reward: New insights into sensorimotor adaptation through electroencephalography

The talk will take place on Thursday, 7 September 2017 in CITEC 1.204 at 16:00 s.t.

Eva Maria studied sport science at Bielefeld University and and completed a PhD in Human Performance at Jacobs University Bremen. Previously, Eva Maria's research focused on age-related differences in (fine-) motor control and sensory perception. During her PhD she investigated how perception and processing of tactile stimuli change across the life span and how both young and older people can improve their tactile and fine motor abilities. More recently, Eva Maria is interested in the interrelation between motor adaptation and attention. Specifically she investigates how visual spatial attention can be modulated by visuomotor and force field adaptation. Since May 2015 Eva-Maria Reuter works at the The University of Queensland as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Motor Control at HMNS.

Thomas Schack has been elected as Vice President of the International Society of Sportpsychology (ISSP) at the 14 th World Congress of Sportpsychology (10 to 14 July 2017) in Sevilla, Spain. He will hold this position for 4 years until the next World Congress of Sportpsychology in Taipeh/ Taiwan and will be responsible for different topics such as ISSP-publications and new technologies in sport.

Bettina Bläsing, Marietta Sionti, Shiau-Chuen Chiou, Rümeysa Gündüz Can, Dirk Koester and Thomas Schack participating at the world congress Brain-Body-Cognition in Oxford. Thomas Schack, head of the Neurocognition and Action Research Group of Bielefeld University is a member of the scientific committee beside scientists from further institutions like MIT, Harvard University, the National Center of Brain and Rehabilitation Sciences (Israel).
[ Movementis Oxford ]

Hedinn Steingrimsson, chess grand master and FIDE senior trainer, visited the Neurocognition & Action - Biomechanics Group during a two-days chess workshop organized by Dr. Kai Essig and Thomas Küchelmann. The workshop was about to apply modern techniques (such as eye tracking data and data concerning physiological reactions) and analysis methods to investigate individual chess behaviour and impairments, as well as to offer new and detailed training methods for chess players at various levels of expertise. The workshop was caried out as part of CEEGE (Chess Expertise from Eye Gaze and Emotion), a joint multidisciplinary research project by the Neurocognition and Action - Biomechanics Group and INRIA (L'Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique Grenoble, France), which is jointly funded by the DFG and the ANR (L'Agence nationale de la recherche). Hedinn Steingrimsson will also be a keynote speaker at the workshop "Behavior, Emotion and Representation: Building Blocks of Interaction" jointly organized by the Neurocognition and Action - Biomechanics Research Group and INRIA Grenoble at the 5th International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction (HAI2017, CITEC).

Im WDR (Lokalzeit) sowie im Westfalenblatt und der Neuen Westfälischen wurde das CITEC-Großprojekt "Famula" vorgestellt, an dem unsere Arbeitsgruppe maßgeblich beteiligt ist.
[ Research-Video zu Famula ]
[ zur Famula-Projektseite ]

Rümeysa Gündüz Can published together with Thomas Schack and Dirk Koester electrophysiological work regarding the interference of working memory and motor control in a dual grasping task. The article can be found here
[ ]
(open access)

PD Dr. Dirk Koester stellt aktuelle Forschung zur Kontrolle komplexer Ganzkörperbewegungen auf der Jahrestagung der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Sportpsychologie in Bern vor.

Ming-Yang Cheng received the Abschlussstipendium from the Bielefelder Nachwuchsfonds as support for the finalisation of his Ph.D. project. Congratulations to Ming-Yang!

The newspaper "Neue Westfälische" published in its edition from 17 May 2017 an article regarding the international Symposium "Neurocognition and Action in Sport - Individualized Diagnostics and Coaching" at CITEC organised by the Neurocognition and Action - Biomechanics research group headed by Professor Thomas Schack.
[ read more in German ]

The Symposium "Neurocognition and Action in Sport - Individualized Diagnostics and Coaching" organised by the Neurocognition and Action - Biomechanics research group will take place from 4 to 6 May 2017.
[ agenda attached ]

Am 28. April 2017 verteidigte Michael Gromeier erfolgreich seine (kumulative) Dissertation mit dem "Mentale Bewegungsrepräsentation der Schlagwurfbewegungen bei Kindern und Jugendlichen". Herzlichen Glückwunsch an Dr. Michael Gromeier!

The newspaper "Neue Westfälische" published in its edition on 13 April an interview with Prof. Thomas Schack with the title "Sportpsychologie sieht langfristige Folgen" on the occasion of the bomb attack on the German soccer team "Borussia Dortmund" on 11 April 2017.
[ read more in German ]

The Neurocognition and Action - Biomechanics Research group together with Ruhr Universität Bochum (Universitätsklinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie der MKK Lübbecke) received a research grant from the 'Forschungsfonds Medizin' (K1-Förderung; for one year) for the project: "Bewegungstraining und Selbstinstruktionstraining bei unipolarer Depression: Einfluss auf Kognition, Neuroplastizität und Depressivität."
[ read more in German ]
[ read more in German /CITEC-Page ]

The newspaper "Tagesspiegel" published in its edition from 12 February 2017 an article on the subject "Mit Köpfchen" which refers to Prof. Thomas Schack and our research group and deals with the topics intelligence and action.
[ read more in German ]

The journal "Psychologie heute" published in its edition from March 2017 an article on the subject "In Cyberwelten fürs Leben üben". The article dealing with global developments regarding the topic Virtual Reality refers to Prof. Schack and our research group with reference to the smart apartment (KogniHome), the personal coach and the intelligent glasses (ADAMAAS). The original article is only available in German.
[ read more ]

Stellenangebot / Job offer:

Forschung im Arbeitsbereich "Neurokognition und Bewegung -Biomechanik" in einem oder mehreren der Forschungsfelder: Motorische Kontrolle, (Neuro-)Kognition, Aufmerksamkeit, Gedächtnis und Assistive Technologien.
[ zum Angebot ]

Your Tasks Research in the "Neurocognitionand Action -Biomechanic" Research Group in one or more of the research fields: Cognition, attention, (action-) memory and motor control. [ read more ]


Ming-Yang Cheng, a Taiwanese Ph.D. student in our group, his Ph.D. project is focusing on how to improve golf putting performance by using neurofeedback training. Now, the findings of his research have shown promising results on putting performance enhancement, as reported by The Times, a mainstream newspaper in the UK.

[ read as pdf ]

Der FOCUS berichtet in seiner Ausgabe 11/2016 über die Forschung unserer und anderer Citec-Arbeitsgruppen in den Bereichen Virtual Reality und Rehabilitation.
FOCUS 11/2016 reports about Scientific Research from our and other CITEC groups in Virtual Reality and Rehabilitation.

Thomas Schack is performing a keynote at the sportscience conference (19.11.2916) "25 Years Sportscience at the Universität der Bundeswehr Munich".

Unendliche Aktenschränke und lernende Brillen - das H1 Unimagazin berichtet über das ADAMAAS-Projekt.
[ hier ]

Unter dem Titel "Wenn Bewegung Zwang wird" ist in der Neuen Westfälischen vom 07.10. ein Interview mit Thomas Schack zum Thema Sportsucht erschienen.
[ zum Artikel ]

One conferene: Two best paper awards
Bettina Bläsing and Dirk Koester have both been awarded with a best paper award by the bi-annual meeting of the German society for cognitive science in Bremen.

Der ruhende Blick des Golfers ...
Mit Hilfe von Eyetracking werden in der Arbeitsgruppe Neurokognition und Bewegung Augenbewegungen beim Erlernen des Golf-Putts untersucht. Das sogenannte Quiet Eye, ein kurzer Moment des Fokussierens des Auges vor einer Bewegung, steht im Fokus der Untersuchung.

Das Westfalen-Blatt berichtet darüber in seiner Ausgabe vom 18.08.2016.
[ Näheres hier ]. Weitere Informationen gibt es in "uni.aktuell" [ hier ] und beim Exzellenzcluster CITEC [ hier ].

Bei den OS Rio 2016 bemühen sich die deutschen Schwimmer um Finalplätze, was aber von wenig Erfolg gekrönt ist. An der Universität Bielefeld wird mit Unterstützung des Citec die interaktive Sonifikation als Methode entwickelt, die den Schwimmern helfen soll, den Schub pro Zyklus zu vergrößern. Dabei werden die Strömungseffekte der Hand-Wasser-Interaktion (HWI) gemessen, in real-time verklanglicht und über Kopfhörer dem Schwimmer zugespielt. Das ermöglicht dem Schwimmer die Handaktion kontrolliert zu ändern, um den Wirkungsgrad der HWI nachhaltig zu verbessern. So wird aus dem umfangsbetonten Training ein Training mit Köpfchen.

Weitere Informationen:
[ Video ]
[ Podcast ]
[ Informationen zum Projekt ]
[ Projekt-Seite ]

Das Westfalen Blatt hat unter dem Titel "Schwitzen beim Sitzen" einen Beitrag zum Kogni-Home-Projekt veröffentlicht
[ siehe hier]

Galileo - Wunderwelt Wissen widmet sich in Ausgabe 7/2016 virtuellen Räumen und nimmt dabei auch bezug auf die CITEC ICSPACE-Aktivitäten.
Der virtuelle Kick

Thomas Schack participated as a representative of Bielefeld University at the Bethel athletics which has been performed at the 2nd of July at the Sportpark Gadderbaum. Furthermore his research group provided a particular station (action space) for demonstrating assistive technologies in the context of sport and motion.
[ Bethel athletics ]

Fußballtaktiken mit Gedankenkraft trainieren
Im Arbeitsbereich "Neurokognition und Bewegung - Biomechanik" wurde ein mentales Training für mannschaftstaktisches Verhalten im Fußball entwickelt, das auf der inneren Vorstellung der einzelnen Spielerinnen oder Spieler aufbaut.
[ Näheres dazu hier ]

Lin Yu has been awarded the Chinese Government Scholarship to support his doctoral project for two years with a possible extension for up to one year. The scholarship is provided by the China Scholarship Council to support outstanding Chinese students who study abroad.