University home | Biology, Medicine and Health | Research Laboratories home

BEAM Lab

Research

The BEAM lab researches how we use sensory information to create action and interact with the world.  Initially, information from our senses arrives at different parts of our brain. For example, visual information is processed at the back of the brain whereas touch information travels from our skin to a more central location. However, all these different bits of sensory information must be combined to create a unified impression of the world around us.

We are interested in how the brain performs this multi-sensory integration. Once our senses have provided us with information about our environment we are able to act on objects and interact with the other people. In other lines of research we are interested in eye movements and how and why we imitate other people. Finally, our senses and actions can be affected by various conditions. The BEAM lab is researching how the senses and movement are affected as we get older and by Autism and Parkinson's Disease.  We use a variety of research techniques such as reaction times, eye and motion tracking and EEG.