Dr. Paul CisekPaul Cisek
“Brain mechanisms of real-time decisions”

University of Montreal, Canada

Paul Cisek will describe studies looking at how the brain makes decisions between concrete action plans in a constantly changing environment. The basic theme will be the “affordance competition hypothesis” applied to real-time interactive behavior, and he’ll describe a few experimental results.


Prof. Dr. Andrea Kiesel
“Multitasking – from a structural, flexible, and plastic perspective”

Freiburg University, GermanyAndrea Kiesel

Multitasking has been considered from fundamentally different perspectives. Psychology mainly focused on structural limitations of multitasking or focused on the problems of flexibility, while movement science emphasized the plasticity of cognition and the possibility of training. In her talk, Andrea Kiesel will sketch the core ideas of the structural, flexible, and plastic perspectives and stress the necessity to integrate them.


Prof. Dr. Marjorie Woollacott
“Succeeding in Life: The Importance of Developing Attentional Systems”marjorie woollacott

University of Oregon, US

The development of the attentional systems, specifically how well children resolve conflict, is critical for success in life. Marjorie Woolacott will discuss the developmental trajectory of the attentional networks in children, ways they can be modified, and their effects on adult behavior.



Prof. Dr. Karen ZentgrafKaren Zentgraf
“Peak performers in sports: Multitaskers, automatizers, or speedprocessors?”

University of Münster, Germany

Peak performance is complex. While expertise research analyses the formation and maintenance of domain specific performance, the cognitive components approach deals with the relationship between expertise in sports and sports-unspecific cognitive functions. Karen Zentgraf will address how these approaches could help to explain coordination and integration of multiple tasks.