Neuromotor behavior and exercise

Welcome to the Department of Neuromotor behavior and exercise at the WWU of Münster. On the following sites you will find information about the employee of the department, current research focus and to all questions concerning teaching and study. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Since the first of april we moved to Wilhelm Schickard Straße 8 (see map at Index tab "team")

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54th asp conference successfully concluded

The 54th annual meeting of the asp took place from 16-18.06.2022 after 2 digital years again in presence in the Fürstenberghaus in Münster. Under the motto "One brain, lots of movement - variability and plasticity across the lifespan" 350 participants discussed in 25 working groups and 13 practical workshops within a diverse program. In addition to 3 keynote lectures by Prof. Dagmar Sternad on "Variability in Exploring, Learning and Forgetting", Prof. Caterina Pesce on "Dealing with Complexity and Variability in Research" and Prof. Karen Li on "Cognitive and Physical Training Approaches to Improve Cognitive-Motor Multitasking in Older Adults", Prof. Ulrike Ungerer-Röhrich gave a talk on "Movement Coaches in Daycare Centers".

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Ecological Predictors of Older Adults’ Participation and Retention in a Physical Activity Intervention

Research is still lacking regarding the question as to how programs to promote healthy ageing should be organized in order to increase acceptance and thus effectiveness. For older adults, ecological factors, such as the physical distance to program sites, might predict participation and retention. Thus, the key aim of this analysis was to examine these factors in a physical activity intervention trial.

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Department of Neuromotor behavior and exercise gets “collaboration grant”

The Collaboration Grants are each worth 80,000 euros and they run for twelve months. The Universities of Münster and Twente share the funding equally. Financial support goes for example to workshops for setting up new consortia or networking events with industrial partners and companies. Over and above this, the money can be used for purchasing new equipment and research instruments.

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Can children and adolescents benefit from dual-task training?

Simultaneous multi-task training has been used many times in different age groups to improve cognitive as well as motor performance. In adolescents, there are already results that this training can improve academic performance. The scoping review by Wollesen et al. "Effects of cognitive-motor dual task training on cognitive and physical performance in healthy children and adolescents: A scoping review" aimed to summarise the effects of training with simultaneous multi-tasking interventions in the domains of cognition, motor skills and dual-tasking performance.
The full length paper can be found here

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Finger Tapping as a Biomarker to Classify Cognitive Status in 80+-Year-Olds

Within the framework of the SENDA study, which deals with the detection of cognitive impairment and dementia in people over 80 years of age, it was investigated whether the cognitive status of the participants can be determined on the basis of a simple motor task (finger tapping). The results show that the groups of participants differ significantly in selected movement parameters.

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Ross Julian obtained his doctorate

On 04.12.2021 Ross Julian successfully defended his doctoral thesis at the University of Saarland. His doctoral thesis focused on "Physical profiling of the female footballer: Special reference to the menstrual cycle". "Our sincere congratulations to you".