Early Motor Development

Our research on early motor development mostly concerns whole-body coordination during locomotion (crawling or walking) and its adaptation to the environment. During locomotion, some body parts (arms, legs, spine) are in continuous motion to transport the body from one place to another, while other body parts are stabilized concurrently (e.g., the head for orientation). Moreover, locomotion is not achieved with a fixed coordination pattern but needs to be adapted to the environment, for instance when an obstacle is in the way.  

In a series of studies on crawling, we investigate how infants adjust their body movements when passing over a small obstacle. To this end, the young participants are equipped with reflective motion capture markers that allow measurement of the crawling movement with high temporal and spatial accuracy. Moreover, we recently started an online diary study, in which parents are asked to fill in a weekly questionnaire on the movement behavior of their children (aged 3–18 months).

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Dear Parents!

Our research with infants would not be possible without your kind support who make time to come to our child-friendly lab for one or more experimental sessions. For current and future studies, we are continually looking for young participants aged between 3 and 24 months. Feel free to get in touch tentatively at bewegung [at] mpib-berlin [dot] mpg [dot] de as soon as your child is born. We would then contact you once he or she has reached the right age for one of our studies.

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Children under two

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