Research projects

All the research projects of the Institute of Movement and Neuroscience you can find in our Research Information System (FIS)

Some running projects you can find here:

ClearMind

1/f – a neurophysiological correlate in sport? The impact of subjective well-being during running on non-oscillatory brain activity

 

"Running to clear your mind" – But how exactly does running alter brain cortical activity? What influence does mental well-being have on this process? This study aims to investigate the effects of subjective well-being on brain activity in healthy runners, specifically in relation to non-oscillatory brain cortical activity. The aim of this study is to better understand the neurophysiological mechanisms involved in running.


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Research associates

Leonard Braunsmann
 

Research coordination

Dr. Vera Abeln

NEUROACTISO (SIRIUS)

NeuroActIso Bodyfitness = Brainfitness - Impact of physical activity on brain performance and health during isolation (SIRIUS)

 

Running exercise could reduce some of the undesirable effects of microgravity. While endurance exercise is known to be effective in preventing bone and muscle loss and counteracting the detrimental effects of weightlessness on circulation, it has been suggested that efficiency might be increased if intervals instead of continuous running exercise is applied (see application of cooperation partner and PI Hoffmann). Interval training is thought to higher perfusion kinetics and may therefore support brain perfusion and brain performance. Little is known about immediate and prolonged effects of continuous or intermittent running exercise with moderate to submaximal intensity on cognitive performance. This research proposal aims at clarifying the beneficial as well as the adverse effects of continuous versus intermittent running exercise on cognitive abilities in a ground based space analog condition.

 


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Research coordination

Dr. Vera Abeln

Research associates

Leonard Braunsmann, WMA
Timo Klein, WMA
Prof. Dr. Dr. Stefan Schneider 
 

Project Partners

Uwe Hoffmann, Institut of Exercise Training and Sport Informatics, German Sports University Cologne
Sven Hoffmann, Institute of Psychology, German Sports University Cologne  

Neurogravity (AGBRESA)

Effect of artificial gravity regimens on neurocognitive performance during head down tilt bedrest (AGBRESA)  

 

Another supposable countermeasure against undesirable effects of microgravity is the application of short bouts of Artificial Gravity (AG). While centrifugation could be effective in preventing bone and muscle loss and counteracting the detrimental effects of weightlessness on circulation, little is known about immediate and prolonged effects of AG on cognitive performance. This research proposal aims at clarifying the beneficial as well as the adverse effects of centrifugation on cognitive abilities in a ground based space analog condition.

 


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Research coordination

Dr. Vera Abeln

Research associates

Leonard Braunsmann, WMA
Timo Klein, WMA
Tim Stuckenschneider, WMA
Sonja Eich, WHB
Franziska Mühler, SHK
Kathrin Steichele, WHB
Prof. Dr. Dr. Stefan Schneider
 

Project Partners

Dr. Lászlo Balázs and Prof. Dr. Istán Czigler
Institut of Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology, Research Centre for Natural Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences 
Prof. Igor B. Mekjavic, Department of Automation, Biocybernetics, Robotics, Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Jun.-Prof. Tobias Vogt, Insitiut für Vermittlungskompetenz in den Sportarten, Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln 

AgeGain

How can cognitive health be preserved into old age? What influence do cognitive and physical training have on cognitive performance and transfer of cognitive abilities to different situations in elderly? In a large multicenter study, scientists of the University Medical Center of Mainz, the University of Rostock, the University Hospital of Cologne and the German Sport University of Cologne are investigating the neurobiological mechanisms underlying the age-related reduced capability to transfer cognitive training gains.

 

 


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Main Project Coordination

Univ.-Prof. Dr. med.
A. Fellgiebel, Dr. phil. Dipl.-Psych. Dominik Wolf (Universitätsmedizin Main)

Project Coordination German Sport University Cologne

Prof. Dr. Heiko Strüder, Prof. Dr. Andreas Mierau 

Project Partners

Universitätsmedizin Mainz, Universitätsmedizin Rostock,
Universitätsklinik Köln  

Project Collaborators German Sport University Cologne

Dr. Kristel Knaepen,
David Riedel  

PASS_Isolation

Physical activity for better sleep and psychophysiological state during Isolation (PASS_Isolation)

Sleep and related psychophysiological impairments are known to occur during long-term isolation (space research). One potential countermeasure against these impairments is physical activity. Day and night physical activity as well as sleep quality and quantity are monitored via actigraphy. Psychophysiological state is assessed and correlated with brain electroencephalographic activity (EEG), personality and blood data. The aim is to develop recommendations for exercise and sleep interventions for long-term isolated people as well as the general population.

 


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Research coordination

Dr. Vera Abeln

Research associates

Florian Javelle, WHK
Timo Klein, WMA
Jan Weber, SHK
 

Project Partners

DLR, NASA, BMWi

Neuroexercise

Neuroexercise

The Neuroexercise project aims to study the effects of a moderate one-year aerobic training versus a moderate stretching and toning intervention as well as an inactive control on the progression of mild cognitive impairment (MCI), which is often a preliminary stage of dementia.

 


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Network-coordinator

Prof. Dr. Dr. Stefan Schneider

Research associates

Dr. Vera Abeln,
Ricarda Baake,
Stefanie Rüdiger,
Tim Stuckenschneider, 
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Tobias Vogt,  
Jan Weber