José Walter Tolentino Castro

Institute of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Horstmarer Landweg 62b
Raum SG 17
D-48149 Münster

Phone: +49 (0) 251/83 32374
Fax.: +49 (0) 251/83 34872
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Joined OCC in 2015

Research Project

The influence of motor learning on cognition in disabled people.

People with mental and corporeal disabilities have a special necessity of care, being a population that, unfortunately, has a reduced level of independence leading their lives. The quality of life in this population can be improved by the practice of sports, physical activity and physical therapy. However, in addition to just learning a new movement to play a sport, the enhancement of the level of physical activity is associated with an enhancement of cognition as well.
In my research, I focus on understanding how the process of motor learning determines which kind of improvement is produced on a cognitive level and how this transfer can be optimized by the practice of physical activity or sports. For this purpose, I will apply methods from biomechanics, tests of postural control, kinematic analyses and electromyography. From a neuroscientific viewpoint, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in combination with biological-motion perception might be employed to assess the motor-learning process in this special population.

PhD Committee

Prof. Dr. Gerson Ballester
Dr. Marc de Lussanet
Prof. Dr. Heiko Wagner


Tolentino-Castro JW, Sousa JA, Marcondes AC, Venâncio L (2008), The importance of survey for planning of classes in teaching of Physical Education. II Seminar of Methodology of Teaching in Physical Education, Faculty of Education, University of São Paulo, Brazil.

Tolentino-Castro JW, Bôscolo EFM, Loffredo MC (2008), Mini-Handball: the learning of technical skills within the context of team sports as a motivating and adherence factors to practice of sports. VII National Meeting of Handball Professors, of Entities in Higher Education Brazilian, Bonito, Brazil.

Tolentino-Castro JW, Bôscolo EFM, Decision Making in Handball Game (2009). XIII Paulista Congress of Physical Education, Collection of Research in Physical Education, 199-204, Jundiaí, Brazil.

Tolentino-Castro JW, Bôscolo EFM (2009), The use of videos to understand the decision making process during the handball game. VIII National Meeting of Handball Professors of Brazilian Entities in Higher Education

Silva LJ, Salles JGC, Silva ABR, Junior RA, Tolentino-Castro JW (2009) Diagnosis of the Handball training of male goalkeepers in the state of Minas Gerais. VII National Meeting of Handball Professors of Brazilian Entities in Higher Education. Recife, Brazil.


Tolentino-Castro JW, Venâncio L (2009) The implications of action-research in education: the experience of a group of Physical Education bachelor students. X Seminar of Scholar Physical Education, at School of Physical Education and Sport of University of São Paulo, Brazil.

Tolentino-Castro JW, Monteiro CBM, Dias T (2011) Motor learning assessment on Virtual reality, a study with Down syndrome students. IXX International Symposium of Scientific Initiation of University of São Paulo, Ribeirao Preto, Brazil.

Tolentino-Castro JW, Monteiro CBM, Dias T. (2014) Motor learning on Virtual reality, a study with Down syndrome students. 10. gemeinsames Symposium der dvs-Sektionen Biomechanik, Sportmotorik und Trainingswissenschaft, Gießen, Germany.


*1988 in Volta Redonda, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
2006–2009 Studies in Physical Education,
University of Guraulhos, Brazil
2010-2012 Studies in Science of Physical Activity
University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
2010-2013 Special Sport Teacher (Only for disabled children)
CAAPE Special School, Guarulhos, Brazil
2010-2013 Sport Teacher
CLIP Inclusion School, Guarulhos, Brazil
2012-2013 Researcher Part-Time
Department of Experimental Neurosurgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
2013 Visitant Researcher
Laboratory of Neuromodulation of Pain, Institute of Biomedical Sciences, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
2012-2013 Reseacher
Laboratory of Electrophysiology, Center of Research in Neuroscience, University City of Sao Paulo, Brazil
2014 Start of PhD studies at the Motion Science Institute in WWU-Münster, Germany
2014/2015 “The growth of the Evolutionary thought”
Winter Lecture Series at Münster Graduate School of Evolution.
2014 Beginning of PhD Program at OCC - Otto Creutzfeldt Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience