Cognition & Action Laboratory
Randy Flanagan, Queen's University

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Introduction

Movement is the only way we have of interacting with the world, whether manipulating objects, navigating through our environment, playing musical instruments, or communicating with others. Thus, understanding how actions are planned and controlled, how actions are perceived by observers, and how skilled actions are learned, is an important enterprise.

The goal of research in the Cognition & Action Lab is to understand the cognitive and computational foundations of each of these abilties. In addition to studies with healthy adults, we also carry out research on action impairments in neurological conditions.

Studies carried out in the laboratory involve the careful measurement of eye, hand, and finger movements as well as forces applied to manipulated objects. To study action control and learning, we use virtual environments in which we can manipulate visual feedback and, using robots, the forces experienced by participants as they move. We examine how people adapt to changes in the environment and how this learning generalizes to new situations.

The lab is
based in the:
Department of Psychology
Queen's University

and is a
member of the:
Queen's Group in Sensory-Motor Integration
Queen's Centre for Neuroscience Studies
Research in the laboratory is supported by the:

Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Canadian Foundation for Innovation

Ontario Innovation Trust

Human Frontier Science Program

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

Cognition & Action Laboratory, Department of Psychology, Queen's University