Embodiment in action


On this website, information on the research and further activities of the "Sport and Cognition"-group at the Institute of Sports Science, Leibniz University Hannover, as well as some professional information to my person are provided. For further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Our research is grounded on the concept of embodiment and focuses on two main topics: motor decision making and joint action. In this context, we are particularly interested in the influence of age-related changes in cognitive and motor functioning on movement coordination. In addition and in support of open science efforts, we are active in the field of research data management.

Melanie Krüger


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Contribution to edited collection "Bodies move differently in presence" published

In recent years, psychology and human movement science have started to acknowledge and exploit the potentials of mixed and virtual reality approaches for the study of complex human behavior. An embodiment perspective, emphasizing the interconnectedness of bodily preconditions, cognitive processes and environmental characteristics for the perception and realization of action opportunities, might serve as a fruitful framework to differentiate the dimensions along which complex human behavior and the processes underlying it scale or even transform when wandering along the “Reality-Virtuality-Continuum”.

In a now published contribution to an edited collection, I highlight the potentials and challenges of mixed and virtual reality approaches in comparison to typical laboratory approaches for research in this field:
Krüger, M. (2024). “Moving along the Reality-Virtuality-Continuum” - Potentials and Challenges for the study of complex human motor behavior. In Haase, T., & Dreier, E. (Eds.) Bodies Move Differently in Presence. (pp. 28-33). Cologne: Intervallverlag.

Conference proceeding to Eurographics Conference 2024 published

On April 23, the "CLIPE workshop - Creating Lively Interactive Populated Environments" took place as part of the Eurographics Conference 2024. Vinu Kamalasanan (Institute of Cartography and Geoinformatics, LUH), presented the initial results of a joint study on the interaction of pedestrians with a virtual cyclist.

The conference proceeding can be found here:
Kamalasanan, V., Krüger, M. & Sester, M. (2024). Interacting with a virtual cyclist in Mixed reality affects pedestrian walking. In CLIPE 2024 - Creating Lively Interactive Populated Environments (pp. 1–6). doi: 10.2312/cl.20241051.

Article published in Scientific Reports

In everyday life, we constantly make decisions under uncertainty about the best course of action. In the current study, which has now been published in Scientific Reports, we investigated the influence of cognitive load and uncertainty on motor decision-making and the subsequent execution of the decided-upon action in young and older adults. The results of this study reveal a complex picture with individual as well as interaction effects of ageing and cognitive load on motor decision-making and subsequent action execution.

Krüger, M., Puri, R., Summers, J.J., & Hinder, M.R. (2024). Influence of age and cognitive demand on motor decision making under uncertainty: a study on goal directed reaching movements. Scientific Reports, 14, 9119. doi: 10.1038/s41598-024-59415-7. (Link)

++ Upcoming events ++

25th - 29th June 2024

FENS Forum 2024
Vienna, Austria

Further informationen can be found here.