Researchers of the Movement Science group pursue an interdisciplinary approach to the study of human movement. For example, they investigate perceptual-motor development in healthy children and children with neurodevelopmental disorders, or examine perceptual aspects of motor control and learning in healthy adults and patients with neurological movement disorders. Their approach spans across several scientific fields such as biomechanics, engineering, neuroscience and psychology.

Affiliated labs
Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL)

Thomas Stoffregen, lab director

The principal focus of the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory is on perception and action in virtual environments. Research programs are motivated primarily by the ecological approach to human-machine systems. Areas of research include driving, postural control, performance in head-mounted displays, and motion sickness. Collaborative links exist with researchers in the US, Canada, France, and Japan. The APAL was formerly the Human Factors Research Laboratory (HFRL).

Center for Clinical Movement Science (CCMS)

Jürgen Konczak, center director

The Clinical Movement Science Center is an interdisciplinary organization at the University of Minnesota focusing on problems affecting the human motor system. Its faculty offer perspectives from the fields of engineering, kinesiology, the neurological, rehabilitation and clinical sciences.

The principle focus of the HPTL is to provide Kinesiology graduate and undergraduate students the latest laboratory equipment and experiences in biomechanics, human and exercise physiology. In addition to the lab’s full complement of physiology and biomechanics laboratory teaching equipment the HPTL also has a small classroom for laboratory instruction.

Human Sensorimotor Control Laboratory (HSCL)

Jürgen Konczak, lab director

Researchers in this lab attempt to enhance understanding of how the human brain controls movement. Studies focus on recording neuropsychological, psychophysical, electrophysiological, and biomechanical measurements in humans. Researchers examine how infants and children learn to reach for objects and how people with certain diseases lose their coordination. Through these studies, we hope to learn how the nervous system coordinates multiple limb movement.

Affiliated faculty
Juergen Konczak, PhD

Movement neuroscience, biomechanics, clinical movement science


Thomas Stoffregen, PhD

Perception and action, human factors, control of posture and orientation, ecological psychology, embodied cognition, coordination dynamics


Michael Wade, PhD

Typical and atypical coordination and control, aging, lifespan development, human factors