Thomas Stoffregen, Ph.D.

Professor, School of Kinesiology


Research Interests:

The perceptual guidance of action, and the use of motor activity to obtain perceptual information are two of the central aspects of animate behavior. Even one-celled organisms perceive to move, and move to perceive. Research on relations between perception and action is relatively recent in the behavioral sciences, and I contribute to research in this area. My focus is on the integration of perception and action in the context of meaningful behaviors. Relations between properties of the environment and properties of the organism have consequences for behavior. These relations, known as affordances, are directly relevant to the success of our interactions with the environment and, accordingly, perception and action should be concentrated on learning about affordances and on the use of affordances to achieve behavioral goals.

My lab has two main lines of research. The first concerns the role of exploratory movement in the perception of affordances, and is intimately related to the emerging field of Embodied Cognition. Research on embodied cognition offers a means to understand the recent explosion of discoveries relating to plasticity in the nervous system, and one of my aims is to develop this link through collaborative research at the boundary of behavioral science and neuroscience.

Our second focus is on relations between perception and action in motion sickness. Motion sickness is increasingly common among users of virtual environments and simulators, and among the millions of children and adults who play video games. We are evaluating a new theory of motion sickness etiology, which focuses on postural instability as the causal agent.

Selected Publications:

(For a comprehensive list of recent publications, refer to PubMed, a service provided by the National Library of Medicine.)

Wagman JB, Caputo SE, Stoffregen TA. Sensitivity to hierarchical relations among affordances in the assembly of asymmetric tools. Exp Brain Res. 2016 Jun 9;. [Epub ahead of print]

Koslucher F, Munafo J, Stoffregen TA. Postural sway in men and women during nauseogenic motion of the illuminated environment. Exp Brain Res. 2016 May 28;.

Mantel B, Stoffregen TA, Campbell A, Bardy BG. Exploratory movement generates higher-order information that is sufficient for accurate perception of scaled egocentric distance. PLoS One. 2015 Apr 9;10(4):e0120025.

Joŕdan AJ, McCarten JR, Rottunda S, Stoffregen TA, Manor B, Wade MG. Dementia alters standing postural adaptation during a visual search task in older adult men. Neurosci Lett. 2015 Apr 23;593:101-6.

Chen FC, Tsai CL, Biltz GR, Stoffregen TA, Wade MG. Variations in cognitive demand affect heart rate in typically developing children and children at risk for developmental coordination disorder. Res Dev Disabil. 2015 Mar;38:362-71.

Varlet M, Stoffregen TA, Chen FC, Alcantara C, Marin L, Bardy BG. Just the sight of you: postural effects of interpersonal visual contact at sea. J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform. 2014 Dec;40(6):2310-8.

Chen YC, Tseng TC, Hung TH, Stoffregen TA. Precursors of post-bout motion sickness in adolescent female boxers. Exp Brain Res. 2014 Aug;232(8):2571-9.

Stoffregen TA, Chen YC, Koslucher FC. Motion control, motion sickness, and the postural dynamics of mobile devices. Exp Brain Res. 2014 Apr;232(4):1389-97.

Chen FC, Tsai CL, Stoffregen TA, Chang CH, Wade MG. Postural adaptations to a suprapostural memory task among children with and without developmental coordination disorder. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2012 Feb;54(2):155-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8749.2011.04092.x. Epub 2011 Aug 30.

Dong X, Yoshida K, Stoffregen TA. Control of a virtual vehicle influences postural activity and motion sickness. J Exp Psychol Appl. 2011 Jun;17(2):128-38. doi: 10.1037/a0024097.

Chen FC, Tsai CL, Stoffregen TA, Wade MG. Postural responses to a suprapostural visual task among children with and without developmental coordination disorder. Res Dev Disabil. 2011 Sep-Oct;32(5):1948-56. Epub 2011 May 4.

Yu Y, Bardy BG, Stoffregen TA. Influences of head and torso movement before and during affordance perception. J Mot Behav. 2011;43(1):45-54.

Mayo AM, Wade MG, Stoffregen TA. Postural effects of the horizon on land and at sea. Psychol Sci. 2011 Jan;22(1):118-24. Epub 2010 Dec 14.

Chang, C.-H., Wade, M. G., & Stoffregen, T. A. (2010). Visual tasks and postural sway in children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder. Research in Developmental Disabilities, in press

Yu, Y., Yank, J. R., Villard, S., & Stoffregen, T. A. (2010). Postural activity and visual vigilance performance during rough seas. Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, in press.

Stoffregen, T. A., Yoshida, K., Villard, S., Scibora, L., & Bardy, B. G. (2010). Stance width influences postural stability and motion sickness. Ecological Psychology , in press.

Mantel, B., Bardy, B. G., & Stoffregen, T. A. (2009). Locomotor assessment of whether an object is reachable. Ecological Psychology, in press.

Yu, Y., Yank, J. R., Katsumata, Y., Villard, S., Kennedy, R. S., & Stoffregen, T. A. (2009). Visual vigilance performance and standing posture at sea. Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, 81, 375-382.

Stoffregen, T. A., Ito, K., Hove, P., Yank, J. R., & Bardy, B. G. (2010). The postural responses of adults who are blind to a moving environment. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, 104, 73-83.

Chang, C.-H., Wade, M. G., & Stoffregen, T. A. (2009). Perceiving affordances for aperture passage in an environment-person-person system. Journal of Motor Behavior, 41, 495-500.

Stoffregen, T. A., Villard, S., & Yu, Y. (2009). Body sway at sea for two visual tasks and three stance widths. Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, 80, 1039-1043.

Stoffregen, T. A., Chen, F.-C., Yu, Y., & Villard, S. (2009). Stance width and angle at sea: Effects of sea state and body orientation. Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, 80, 845-849.

Stoffregen, T. A., Giveans, M. R., Villard, S., Yank, J. R., & Shockley, K. (2009). Interpersonal postural coordination on rigid and non-rigid surfaces. Motor Control, 13, 471-483.

Stoffregen, T. A., Villard, S., Kim, C., Ito, K., & Bardy, B. G. (2009). Coupling of head and body movement with motion of the audible environment. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 35, 1221-1231.

Faugloire, E., Stoffregen, T. A., & Bardy, B. G. (2009). (De)Stabilization of required and spontaneous postural dynamics with learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception &
Performance, 35, 170-187.

Stoffregen, T. A., Yang, C.-M., Giveans, M. R., Flanagan, M., & Bardy, B. G. (2009). Movement in the perception of an affordance for wheelchair locomotion. Ecological Psychology, 21, 1-36.

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