Max-Planck-Institut Leipzig

Project “Learning language with sensorimotor enrichment”

in cooperation with the independent research group “Neural Mechanisms of Human Communication” – Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences Leipzig

Università Cattolica Milano

Project “On-line encoding of single words by different modalities in the fMRI-scanner and influence of encoding topography on memory performance”

Laboratory research has repeatedly demonstrated that gestures enhance memory for verbal information compared to audio-visual learning. The enhancement produced by gestures is still discussed in terms of depth of information encoding

Technische Universität Graz, Institute for Neural Engineering

Project “Vocabulary acquisition in second language with gestures supported by a virtual agent in augmented reality”

Virtual trainers (VTs) in mobile devices can support users in odd learning tasks like vocabulary acquisition in a second language. Laboratory research has shown that if gestures accompany vocabulary items their retention is better than if the words are only read and / or heard

Linz Center of Mechatronics GmbH

The goal of the collaboration is the development of an intelligent virtual agent (IVA), i.e. an application for mobile devices that coaches humans in learning processes, specifically in education and rehabilitation. This application follows principles of embodied cognition, is connected with a brain-computer interface that detects the user’s attention and fatigue, monitors the user’s embodiment with a motion tracking system, and adapts training routines in time in relation to the user’s interaction and goals. http://www.lcm.at/