Prof. Dr. Stephan Swinnen


Prof. Dr. Stephan Swinnen
Catholic University Leuven, Netherlands
Movement Control & Neuroplasticity Research Group

 Professor Swinnen


“Augmented visual and auditory feedback and the acquisition of coordination skills“

In this talk, I will address medical imaging research on the acquisition of coordination skills with particular attention to the role of augmented feedback. I will discuss how specific forms of augmented visual feedback can be used to integrate the movements of the upper limbs into a unified representation. Furthermore, I will also address the benefits and pitfalls associated with the use of augmented visual versus auditory feedback.


Stephan Swinnen completed his PhD on the role of feedback in skill acquisition in 1987 after which he obtained a tenured position at KU Leuven. He obtained his formal training in motor control at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) where he conducted research under the direction of Prof. R. A. Schmidt (1983-1985). He is currently directing the Movement Control and Neuroplasticity Research Group, consisting of a multidisciplinary team of scientists. He teaches motor control and learning, neuroanatomy, behavioural neuroscience and ergonomics at the Departments of Biomedical Kinesiology, Revalidation Sciences and Psychology at KU Leuven. His current research interest is focused on mechanisms of movement control and neuroplasticity in normal and pathological conditions, using a multidisciplinary approach spanning the behavioural sciences and the (cognitive) neurosciences. He is author of more than 200 papers on interlimb coordination and control.

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