Cognitive control and neurophysiological bases

Full Title: 
Cognitive control and neurophysiological bases of planning and executing manual actions
Research Area: 
A: Motion Intelligence, D: Memory and Learning
15.03.2014 until 31.12.2018

The project aims to further our understanding of the neuro-cognitive mechanisms behind manual action control and the working memory (WM) system. Event-related potentials provide a precise method for studying the spatio-temporal characteristics of brain activity which underlies WM and manual actions. More specifically, the neurophysiological architecture of the mutual influences of WM and manual actions are investigated by employing a dual-task scenario that involves various memory processes (eg., encoding, maintenance & recall) and planning and executing grasping movements. So far, we do not fully understand how the brain accomplishes such robust and, apparently, smooth control over our hands while simultaneously performing complex cognitive tasks. Gaining a deeper understanding of the interplay between WM and manual action is critical because manual action flexibility is the key aspect of the fast and smooth manual actions with other people but also with technical equipment (eg., tools or computer devices).