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Julius Verrel

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Adjunct Researcher
verrel [at] mpib-berlin [dot] mpg [dot] de

Short CV: 
  • since April 2017: Research scientist, Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism, Universität zu Lübeck and Adjunct Research Scientist at the MPI for Human Development
  • January 2011 - March 2017: Research Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Human Development (Sensorimotor Cognitive Couplings Project, Movement Lab)
  • 2011 Postdoc, Max Planck Institute for Human Development
  • 2011 Doctorate in Psychology, Humboldt Universität, Berlin, Germany
  • 2006-2010 fellow of the IMPRS LIFE
  • 2006 MSc in Cognitive Neurosciences, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • 2001 D.E.A. in Mathematics, Jussieu, Paris, France
  • 2000 Certificate of Advanced Studies in Mathematics, Cambridge, UK
  • 1999 "Vordiplom" in Mathematics, TU Dresden, Germany
Project participation: 

Research Interests: 

General Interests

  • movement variability and coordination
  • sensorimotor development and aging, learning and expertise
  • cogntive aspects of motor behavior

Current Projects

  • temporal and multi-degree-of-freedom coordination underlying skilled behavior
  • interaction of balance and cognitive control in whole-body movements
  • planning of manual and whole-body movements
  • early development of locomotion

Selected Literature: 
  • Verrel, J., Lisofsky, N., & Kühn, S. (2014). Balancing cognitive control: How observed movements influence motor performance in a task with balance constraints. Acta Psychologica, 150, 129-135.
  • Kühn, S., Werner, A., Lindenberger, U., & Verrel, J. (2014). Acute immobilisation facilitates premotor preparatory activity for the non-restrained hand when facing grasp affordances. NeuroImage, 92, 69-73.
  • Verrel, J., Hagura, N., Lindenberger, U., & Haggard, P. (2013). Effect of haptic feedback from self-touch on limb movement coordination. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 39, 1775-1785.
  • Verrel, J., Lövdén, M., & Lindenberger, U. (2012). Normal aging reduces motor synergies in manual pointing. Neurobiology of Aging, 33, 200.e1-200.e10.
  • Verrel, J. (2011). A formal and data-based comparison of measures of motor-equivalent covariation. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 200, 199-206.

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Wenger, E., Kühn, S., Verrel, J., Mårtensson, J., Bodammer, N. C., Lindenberger, U., & Lövdén, M. (2017). Repeated structural imaging reveals non-linear progression of experience-dependent volume changes in human motor cortex. Cerebral Cortex, 27, 2911-2925. doi:10.1093/cercor/bhw141
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Claus, A. P., Verrel, J., Pounds, P. E. I., Shaw, R. C., Brady, N. B., Chew, M. T., Dekkers, T. A., & 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. doi:10.1016/j.jbiomech.2016.02.039
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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. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0166532
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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. doi:10.1016/j.gaitpost.2015.12.002
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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. doi:10.1016/j.gaitpost.2014.10.013
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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. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2015.00232
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Kühn, S., Werner, A., Lindenberger, U., & Verrel, J. (2014). Acute immobilisation facilitates premotor preparatory activity for the non-restrained hand when facing grasp affordances. NeuroImage, 92, 69-73. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2014.02.003
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Schroeder, S., & Verrel, J. (2014). Cognitive processing and motor execution in the lexical decision task: A developmental study. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 21, 496-504. doi:10.3758/s13423-013-0509-x
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Verrel, J., Lisofsky, N., & Kühn, S. (2014). Balancing cognitive control: How observed movements influence motor performance in a task with balance constraints. Acta Psychologica, 150, 129-135. doi:10.1016/j.actpsy.2014.05.010
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Verrel, J., Woollacott, M. H., & Lindenberger, U. (2014). Articulated coordination of the right arm underlies control of bow parameters and quick bow reversals in skilled cello bowing. Frontiers in Psychology, 5:885. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00885
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Verrel, J., Hagura, N., Lindenberger, U., & Haggard, P. (2013). Effect of haptic feedback from self-touch on limb movement coordination. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 39, 1775-1785. doi:10.1037/a0032735
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Verrel, J., Pologe, S., Manselle, W., Lindenberger, U., & Woollacott, M. (2013). Coordination of degrees of freedom and stabilization of task variables in a complex motor skill: Expertise-related differences in cello bowing. Experimental Brain Research, 224, 323-334. doi:10.1007/s00221-012-3314-2
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Verrel, J., Pologe, S., Manselle, W., Lindenberger, U., & Woollacott, M. (2013). Exploiting biomechanical degrees of freedom for fast and accurate changes in movement direction: Coordination underlying quick bow reversals during continuous cello bowing. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7:157. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2013.00157
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Verrel, J., Lövdén, M., & Lindenberger, U. (2012). Normal aging reduces motor synergies in manual pointing. Neurobiology of Aging, 33, 200.e1-200.e10. doi:10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2010.07.006
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Verrel, J., Lövdén, M., & Lindenberger, U. (2012). Older adults show preserved equilibrium but impaired step length control in motor-equivalent stabilization of gait. PLoS ONE, 7(12):e52024. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0052024
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Verrel, J., Pradon, D., & Vuillerme, N. (2012). Persistence of motor-equivalent postural fluctuations during bipedal quiet standing. PLoS ONE, 7(10): e48312. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0048312
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Schellenbach, M., Lövdén, M., Verrel, J., Krüger, A., & Lindenberger, U. (2011). Entwicklung altersgerechter Fußgängernavigationssysteme. In U. Lindenberger, J. Nehmer, E. Steinhagen-Thiessen, J. A. M. Delius, & M. Schellenbach (Eds.), Altern und Technik (Altern in Deutschland No. 6, Nova Acta Leopoldina: Neue Folge No. 104 (368) (pp. 53-69). Halle (Saale): Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina.

Verrel, J. (2011). A formal and data-based comparison of measures of motor-equivalent covariation. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 200, 199-206. doi:10.1016/j.jneumeth.2011.04.006
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Verrel, J., Cuisinier, R., Lindenberger, U., & Vuillerme, N. (2011). Local and global effects of neck muscle vibration during stabilization of upright standing. Experimental Brain Research, 210, 313-324. doi:10.1007/s00221-011-2636-9
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Schellenbach, M., Lövdén, M., Verrel, J., Krüger, A., & Lindenberger, U. (2010). Adult age differences in familiarization to treadmill walking within virtual environments. Gait & Posture, 31, 295-299. doi:10.1016/j.gaitpost.2009.11.008
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Schellenbach, M., Lövdén, M., Verrel, J., Krüger, A., & Lindenberger, U. (2010). Sensorimotor-cognitive couplings in the context of assistive spatial navigation for older adults. GeroPsych, 23, 69-77. doi:10.1024/1662-9647/a000010
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Verrel, J. (2010). Distributional properties and variance-stabilizing transformations for measures of uncontrolled manifold effects. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 191, 166-170. doi:10.1016/j.jneumeth.2010.06.016
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Verrel, J., Lövdén, M., & Lindenberger, U. (2010). Motor-equivalent covariation stabilizes step parameters and center of mass position during treadmill walking. Experimental Brain Research, 207, 13-26. doi:10.1007/s00221-010-2424-y
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Verrel, J., Lövdén, M., Schellenbach, M., Schaefer, S., & Lindenberger, U. (2009). Interacting effects of cognitive load and adult age on the regularity of whole-body motion during treadmill walking. Psychology and Aging, 24, 75-81. doi:10.1037/a0014272
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Verrel, J., Bekkering, H. & Steenbergen, B. (2008). Eye-hand coordination in adolescents with congenital spastic hemiparesis, Experimental Brain Research, 2008, 187, 107-116

Steenbergen, B., Verrel, J. & Gordon, A.M. (2007). Motor planning in congenital hemiplegia, Disability & Rehabilitation, 2007, 29, 13-23