Research area:
Neurophysiology & motor control

The central nervous system and the brain play a crucial role in almost all aspects of sport performance and in everyday motor behaviour like standing, walking or throwing/catching a ball. The vision of the Neurophysiology and Motor Control research area is to improve our understanding of (a) how the brain supports high achievement in sports and (b) how regular physical activity promotes brain health and functioning across the lifespan.

Research domains

The Neurophysiology and Motor Control research area focusses on the central nervous system as a key component for overall human health and performance. Neurophysiological measures such as electroencephalography (EEG) and behavioural tests on cognitive and motor functions are used to evaluate the interrelation between neural activity and performance outcomes. Specific neural testing and training approaches designed to improve motor control and learning are developed and evaluated.

The Neurophysiology and Motor control research area comprises the following research domains: Neural correlates of sports performance, Effects of sport and exercise on brain function across the lifespan, Sports physiology testing and training innovation.

Selected publications

Hülsdünker, T., Gunasekara, N., & Mierau, A. (2020a). Short- and Long-Term Stroboscopic Training Effects on Visuomotor Performance in Elite Youth Sports. Part Reaction and Behavior. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. Advance online publication.

Hülsdünker, T., Gunasekara, N., & Mierau, A. (2020b). Short- and Long-Term Stroboscopic Training Effects on Visuomotor Performance in Elite Youth Sports. Part 2: Brain-Behavior Mechanisms. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. Advance online publication.

Mierau, A., Hülsdünker, T., Strüder, H.K. (2015). Brain Oscillations and Athletic Performance. In: K. Kanosue et al. (eds): Sports Performance, Springer. 25-36.

Mierau, A., Felsch, M., Hülsdünker, T., Mierau, J., Bullermann, P., Weiß, B., Strüder, H.K. (2016). The interrelation between sensorimotor abilities, cognitive performance and individual EEG alpha peak frequency in young children. Clinical Neurophysiology. 127: 270-76.

Mierau, A., Pester, B., Hülsdünker, T., Schiecke, K., Strüder, H.K., Witte, H. (2017). Cortical correlates of human balance control. Brain Topography, 30(4):434-446.

Hülsdünker, T., Ostermann, M., & Mierau, A. (2019). The Speed of Neural Visual Motion Perception and Processing Determines the Visuomotor Reaction Time of Young Elite Table Tennis Athletes. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 13, 165.

Hülsdünker, T., Rentz, C., Ruhnow, D., Käsbauer, H., Strüder, H. K., & Mierau, A. (2019). The Effect of 4-Week Stroboscopic Training on Visual Function and Sport-Specific Visuomotor Performance in Top-Level Badminton Players. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 14(3), 343–350.

Hülsdünker, T., Strüder, H. K., & Mierau, A. (2018). The athletes’ visuomotor system – Cortical processes contributing to faster visuomotor reactions. European Journal of Sport Science, 18(7), 955–964.

Triska, C., Karsten, B., Beedie, C., Koller, B., Prinz, B., Nimmerichter, A., Tschan, H. Different durationswithin the method of best practice affect the parameters of the speed-duration relationship. J Sports Sci 2018; 18(3):332-340

Triska, C., Hopker, J., Wessner, B., Reif, A., Tschan, H., Karsten, B. A 30-min Rest Protocol Does Not Affect W’, Critical Power, and Systemic Response. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 2020; DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000002477

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Asst. Prof. Dr. Thorben Hülsdünker will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the research field of Neurophysiology and motor control.

Phone: +352 288 494-82

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