University of Leeds
Perception Action Cognition Laboratory
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About

PAC Lab is a multidisciplinary research group dedicated to understanding how humans interact with virtual and natural environments. By bringing together world class expertise in experimental psychology, engineering and clinical medicine we are able to produce rigorous research, develop novel technologies and answer questions which will translate to benefits in healthcare, education and society.

Research Question

Our research focuses on addressing fundamental questions on the relationship between the systems responsible for sensorimotor control, cognition, and human behaviour. These are complex and dynamical systems and thus we take a multidisciplinary approach (see Team) and employ a variety of research methods and techniques to address these research questions.

Experimental Testing

Our laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including Opto-Trak, virtual reality systems, surgical simulators and EEG. We have also developed our own software, e.g. Kinelab and test batteries that have been adopted by other researchers from across the globe. You can get a flavour of some of this work by going through our current projects.

Translation & Application

Our research is being applied to understanding how children learn to integrate cognitive and motoric abilities and the impact on academic performance including reading and writing, learning highly skilled manual coordination skills such as minimally invasive surgery, through to helping stroke survivors regain function. See our Impact Strands for more detail.

Strands

Our fundamental research drives forward impact across three distinct areas. Find out more by clicking on the links below.

News

Our Research Team

Details on the academic staff that comprise PAC Lab can be found below. Click on the names or photos to see their research biographies. Staff are listed in alphabetical order.

Research

Details on a selection of our current projects can be found below.

CAVE

Developing interventions to improve surgical and dental performance

CARMA

Active gaze and the control of locomotion

CATCH

Identification of children with difficulties

CAVE

Identifying neural correlates of decision-making

CARMA

Rehabilitation of driving after stroke

CATCH

Theoretical and experimental investigations

CAVE

Haptic enhancement of learning processes

CARMA

Cortical and behavioural changes with age

CATCH

Exploring intervention approaches

Papers

Partners

  • Norwegian Centre for Vision

  • Robotics at Leeds

  • Bradford Institute for Health Research

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    We would like to thank the following organisations for funding our research: