Perception, Action and Control

Studying the basic sensorimotor aspects of perception-action coupling as well as the cognitive, contextual and social components.

Catching a ball, picking up a cup and writing down a sentence: these are all targeted actions that you often perform without thinking about them. Scientists at Radboud University are highly interested in hot topics in social neurocognition. How are perceptuomotor tasks (i.e. the movement of a limb in response to a perception) performed in team settings like sports? How is joint action achieved in collaborative and competitive contexts? And how are the actions of others understood? The specialisation in Perception, Action and Control also looks at situations where brain damage has occurred. For example, the automatic actions of patients who suffered a brain haemorrhage no longer come so naturally. Why is that? Which neurocognitive processes play a role in these actions?

A large majority of our graduates gain a PhD position, while other graduates find jobs in the commercial sector or at research institutes (traffic research, man-machine interaction, etc.). They are also likely to find jobs in the health care sector, like rehabilitation centres.

Why study Perception, Action and Control at Radboud University?

  • This specialisation is aimed at the three basic components of current Cognitive Neuroscience: modelling, designing and conducting behavioural studies and measuring the neurobiological foundations of behaviour.
  • As a student of this Master’s, you’re able to use the state-of-the-art research equipment that is located on campus, like the Sensorimotorlab.
  • This specialisation also works closely with the Radboudumc and the Sint Maartenskliniek, a hospital that specialises in posture and movement, also housed in Nijmegen.
  • And the advantages of the Master’s programme in Cognitive Neuroscience in general.