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Sensorimotor-Cognitive Couplings

The project investigated lifespan differences in interactions between sensorimotor and cognitive aspects of behavior as well as lifespan differences in movement organization and coordination.

Research Topics

  • Early motor development
  • Movement variability and coordination
  • Cognitive aspects of movement behavior
  • Cognitive and motor performance in dual-task situations
  • Effects of aerobic exercise on brain and behavior

Publications 2015–2018

Hess, S., Mousikou, P., Verrel, J., & Schroeder, S. (2018). Syllabic processing in handwritten word production in German children and adults. Human Movement Science. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.humov.2018.07.003

Lee, D. K., Cole, W. G., Golenia, L., & Adolph, K. E. (2018). The cost of simplifying complex developmental phenomena: A new perspective on learning to walk. Developmental Science, 21: e12615. https://doi.org/10.1111/desc.12615

Bierbauer, W., Inauen, J., Schaefer, S., Kleemeyer, M., Lüscher, J., König, C., ... Scholz, U. (2017). Health behavior change in older adults: Testing the health action process approach at the inter- and intraindividual level. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, 9, 324–348. https://doi.org/10.1111/aphw.12094

Kleemeyer, M. M., Polk, T. A., Schaefer, S., Bodammer, N. C., Brechtel, L., & Lindenberger, U. (2017). Exercise-induced fitness changes correlate with changes in neural specificity in older adults. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 11: 123. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2017.00123

Claus, A. P., Verrel, J., Pounds, P. E. I., Shaw, R. S., Brady, N. B., Chew, M. T. C., ... Hodges, P. W. (2016). A new method for sudden mechanical perturbation with axial load, to assess postural control in sitting and standing. Journal of Biomechanics, 49, 1141–1148. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbiomech.2016.02.039

Kleemeyer, M. M., Kühn, S., Prindle, J., Bodammer, N. C., Brechtel, L., Garthe, A., ... Lindenberger, U. (2016). Changes in fitness are associated with changes in hippocampal microstructure and hippocampal volume in older adults. NeuroImage, 131, 155–161. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.11.026

Otte, K., Kayser, B., Mansow-Model, S., Verrel, J., Paul, F., Brandt, A., & Schmitz-Hübsch, T. (2016). Accuracy and reliability of the Kinect Version 2 for clinical measurement of motor function. PLoS ONE, 11(11): e0166532. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0166532

Verrel, J., Lisofsky, N., Kühn, S., & Lindenberger, U. (2016). Normal aging increases postural preparation errors: Evidence from a two-choice response task with balance constraints. Gait & Posture, 44, 143–148. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gaitpost.2015.12.002

Schaefer, S., Jagenow, D., Verrel, J., & Lindenberger, U. (2015). The influence of cognitive load and walking speed on gait regularity in children and young adults. Gait & Posture, 41, 258–262. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gaitpost.2014.10.013

Schaefer, S., Kleemeyer, M. M., & Lindenberger, U. (2015). Kognition und Motorik über die Lebensspanne: Doppelaufgabenstudien und eine Fitnessintervention. Leipziger Sportwissenschaftliche Beiträge, 56, 114–125.

Schaefer, S., Schellenbach, M., Lindenberger, U., & Woollacott, M. (2015). Walking in high-risk settings: Do older adults still prioritize gait when distracted by a cognitive task? Experimental Brain Research, 233, 79–88. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00221-014-4093-8

Schaefer, S., Schellenbach, M., Lindenberger, U., & Woollacott, M. (2015). Walking in high-risk settings: Do older adults still prioritize gait when distracted by a cognitive task? Experimental Brain Research, 233, 79–88. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00221-014-4093-8

Verrel, J., Almagor, E., Schumann, F., Lindenberger, U., & Kühn, S. (2015). Changes in neural resting state activity in primary and higher-order motor areas induced by a short sensorimotor intervention based on the Feldenkrais method. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9: 232. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2015.00232

Former Team

Julius Verrel, now Universität zu Lübeck

Whitney Cole, now New York University
Maike Kleemeyer

Alumni

Sabine Schaefer, Saarland University
Michael Schellenbach, Hochschule Ruhr West – University of Applied Sciences