The Action Lab is a research facility
dedicated to the experimental study of human motor control. More
specifically, we study human action and perception focusing on physical and mechanical aspects of both
the performer and the task.
Five major lines of our research
investigate the generation of perceptually controlled behavior in
and rhythmic elements in single- and multi-joint movements. The
hypothesis is that unconstrained multi-joint movements can be
understood in terms of two fundamental units of action: discrete
movements and rhythmic movements.
activity in rhythmic and discrete movements. Using functional magnetic
imaging we examine the neural substrates involved in the generation of
rhythmic and non-rhythmic finger movements.
into dynamic stability. The complex task of bouncing a ball is studied
in a task-based approach, where dynamical stability provides the
framework for defining successful performance.
role of resonance properties of the limb in rhythmic movements. We
show that resonance properties are essential in understanding rhythmic
variability and tracking performance.
and stability in skill acquisition. We developed a new approach to
quantify performance and change in redundant tasks. The method
decomposes variability into three components that quantify different
aspects and stages of skill improvement.