In his talk, Matthias Weigelt will present an overview of his work on the coupling of perception and action in sports. A special focus will be on the impact of athletic expertise on mental rotation skills, the processing of deceptive actions in sports, and effector priming during action observation in combat sports. As the empirical findings will show, athletic expertise benefits domain-specific information processing and therefore, optimizes expert’s performance, especially in interactive sports.
Brief Biography of Prof. dr. Matthias Weigelt
Matthias Weigelt studied Sport Science, Social Sciences, and Psychology at the universities in Jena, Charlotteville (USA), and Reading (UK). He completed his doctoral program in psychology, neuropsychology, and sport science at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich and completed his PhD thesis at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Neurosciences in 2004. After a postdoc position at the City Hospital in Munich-Bogenhausen and at the University of Bielefeld, he was called to the Saarland University and became a professor for sport psychology and movement science in January 2010. In October 2011, Matthias Weigelt moved to the University of Paderborn, where he is now the head of the psychology and movement science research group. His research focuses similarly on basic and applied topics of human performance in daily activities and sports.