Research interests

We mainly focus on two research areas: motor decision making and joint action. Research in both fields is grounded on the concept of embodiment and targets the question of how movements are coordinated to account for the dynamics and uncertainties in the environment. In that context, we are especially interested in the interplay of cognitive and motor processes and how movement coordination is affected by age-related changes in cognitive and motor functioning. 

Below, a more detailled description of our research can be found.


Further research topics


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Attention represents a fundamental cognitive process for our actions. In that context, we foucs on the influence of different attention phenomena, as well as the influence of age-related changes in selective attention on (joint) actions.

Physical activity

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Physical activity is widely known to be a relevant factor influencing e.g. health, psychological well-being, quality of life, but importantly also cognitive and brain functions. In this line of research, we are interested in investigating the effect of life long physical activity on cognitive and motor functions. 

Sequence learning

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In everyday life, we often perceive and perform complex actions as sequences of single actions. Empirical evidence suggests a close relationship between age-related decrements in perceptual and motor sequence learning and age-related declines in cognitive functioning. Thus, sequence learning tasks are a very interesting experimental task for studying the interplay of cognitive and motor functions during movement production.

Our team

Prof. Dr. Melanie Krüger

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Information to my person can be found here.

Dr. Arash Mirifar

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Postdoctoral researcher in the field of sports psychology with expertise in EEG and Neurofeedbacktraining.

Dr. Laura Schmitz

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Postdoctoral researcher in the field of cognitive science with expertise in joint action research.

Seike Jurisch

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Student research assistent supporting the project: "Moving forward: developing multi-method experimental approaches to investigate human locomotion in real life to support lifelong self-dependent living".