University of Leeds
Perception Action Cognition Laboratory
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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.


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


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.


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


Developing interventions to improve surgical and dental performance


Active gaze and the control of locomotion


Identification of children with difficulties


Identifying neural correlates of decision-making


Rehabilitation of driving after stroke


Theoretical and experimental investigations


Haptic enhancement of learning processes


Cortical and behavioural changes with age


Exploring intervention approaches



  • 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: