The GRaSPER Lab at the University of Aberdeen

Grasping, Reaching and Spatial Perception Experimental Research


The aim of our research is to understand how we use perceptual processes for action planning and control and how our actions are moderated by visual and cognitive factors. Our studies and experiments are designed to gain insights into the complex interplay between the perceptual, cognitive, and motor processing systems.

Currently, we are pursuing three major research questions:

  • How are our actions moderated by physical (obstacles, bio-mechanics) and cognitive (attention, memory) constraints?
  • What is the interrelationship of action and perception processes and what does this tell us about the organization of the human visual cortex?
  • How do material and surface properties affect human-object interactions?

We primarily apply experimental behavioural methods (psychophysics) but also occasionally conduct neuropsychological studies examining the visuomotor behaviour of patients who suffer from specific perceptual and spatial impairments (such as hemianopia and visual neglect).