"Those who adhere to the conviction that all living organisms are mere automata should abandon hope to ever catch a glimpse of their Umwelt (life world)." Jakob von Uexkuell, 1933.
Dovetailing processes of motor control with processes of perception and cognition lies at the the heart of our work in the project group "Experimental Sensomotorics" at Gießen University. We are particularly interested in the control of manual actions with and without additional tool transformations, the consequences of mastery of tools for perception and action planning, and generally in the role of the sensorimotor system for higher cognitive processes such as prediction and categorization (embodied cognition).
In the applied field, our research focuses on the optimization of motor performance in educational and work environments, more specifically on age-related changes in the acquisition of novel sensorimotor transformations and the role of attention for motor skill acquisition.