Chair of Human Movement Science

Research at the Chair of Human Movement Science is devoted to the understanding of human sensorimotor control and associated neural mechanism. Major topics are

  • Analysis of motor behavior from elementary abilities to complex skills,
  • Consequences of disturbances of the central nervous systems and neurorehabilitation,
  • Development over the lifespan and interventions,
  • Sports performance and optimization.

We employ methods to capture and analyze human movements and forces as well as neuroimaging and brain stimulation methods and new technologies in rehabilitation.



New article published in "Scientific Reports"

Another paper resulted from the cooperation between the Chair of Human Movement Science and the Center for clinical Neuroplasticity, Medical Park Loipl, on finger tapping performance in persons with multiple sclerosis: The clinical severity of multiple sclerosis is mainly judged upon gait performance. However, it has been shown to be worthwhile to also look at the sensorimotor capacity of the upper limbs (inter alia!).

New article published in "Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation"

SPiAR - Spatial Perception in Augmented Reality: A new article by Chiara Höhler in the "Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation" on spatial perception during augmented reality in patients after stroke. Modern technologies, such as Augmented Reality, have the potential to make neurorehabilitation after a stroke playful and motivating. Tasks of such a therapy include for example the repetitive grasping of virtual objects, which are…

New article published in "Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience"

Lux, V., Non, A. L., Pexman, P. M., Stadler, W., Weber, L. A. E. & Krüger, M. (2021). A Developmental Framework for Embodiment Research: The Next Step Toward Integrating Concepts and Methods. Front. Syst. Neurosci. This theoretical paper resulted from a workshop which was organized by Vanessa Lux (Bochum) and Melanie Krüger (TUM; Hannover) at the center for interdisciplinary research, ZIF, Bielefeld. Its aim was to discuss embodiment…

Motor neurorehabilitation - new book chapter published as part of the handbook Sport and Sport Science

The Sports and Sports Science Handbook offers a complete overview, including sports medicine, in the volume Sports Motor Skills, Movement and Training. With their own chapter on motor disorders, Nina Rohrbach and Joachim Hermsdörfer provide insights into the most common forms and consequences of neurological diseases (e.g., stroke) as well as existing rehabilitation approaches.

Looking for participants in the study “Cortical Representation of Novel Tool Use”

The Chair of Human Movement Science currently recruits young subjects to participate in the study “Cortical Representation of Novel Tool Use” (10€/h). The attached flyer includes all relevant information. We are looking forward to hearing from you! Contact: Thabea Kampe (M. Sc.) (+49)176/ 43328679

Four manuscripts on rehabilitation in multiple sclerosis published

Multiple sclerosis counts as one of the most frequent autoimmune mediated, chronic progressive neurological diseases that can, already in young adulthood, cause severe neurological symptoms. In close cooperation of the Chair of Human Movement Science and the Center for clinical Neuroplasticity, Medical Park Loipl, a total of four manuscripts were recently published.

New Postdoc at the Chair of Human Movement Science

Philipp Gulde is rejoining the Chair of Human Movement Science. After finishing his PhD under the supervision of Prof. Joachim Hermsdörfer, he spent three post-doc years at the Center for Clinical Neuroplasticity, Medical Park Loipl (Medical Park SE), a neurorehabilitation facility.

New article published in "BMC Family Practice"

Seckler, E., Regauer, V., Krüger, M., Gabriel, A., Hermsdörfer, J., Niemietz, C., Bauer, P., Müller, M. (2021). Improving mobility and participation of older people with vertigo, dizziness and balance disorders in primary care using a care pathway: feasibility study and process evaluation. BMC Fam Pract, 22:62.

A-Fried-Score: App for the Continuous Monitoring of Frailty Developed in the EIT Health Project FRAIL at the Chair of Human Movement Science

Frailty is a distinctive health state related to the ageing process in which multiple body systems gradually lose their resience. It is essential that frailty is identified to enable health and social care professionals to prevent negative outcomes and start a pathway of care. However, current available instruments for assessing frailty are time consuming and difficult to use in primary care, which is where frailty is often first identified.…

"Fooling the Size-Weight-Illusion": A new article from Nina Rohrbach in the Journal "Virtual Reality" shows how one can overcome the well-known illusion using Augmented-Reality

Rohrbach, N., Hermsdörfer, J., Huber, L-M, Thierfelder, A., Buckingham, G. (2021). Fooling the size-weight illusion – Using augmented reality to eliminate the effect of size on perceptions of heaviness and sensorimotor prediction.