Affiliation: University of Tübingen, DE
The Research Group “Neuropsychology of Action” is dedicated to investigations of human action control. We study clinical impairments of action control and their neural substrates in patients with brain damage due to stroke or neurodegenerative diseases. Through the observation of typical characteristics of their diseases and their participation in our experimental behavioural studies, these patients help us to understand not only the particular consequences of disorders of the sensory and motor systems but also to draw conclusions on the normal functioning of the intact systems in healthy humans. Our work with the patients motivates functional neuroimaging studies that explore the neuronal foundations of human motor behaviour. We are particularly interested in the cortical systems of reach-to-grasp movements, tool use and tool evaluation, and sensorimotor functions and networks of the human tectum.