Lehrstuhl für Psychologie III

Action planning

Oliver Herbort, Thomas Camus

We interact with many different objects every day. Even though we usually do not pay much heed to these actions, they are indeed stunning demonstrations of the capabilities of the human brain. They require the integration of knowledge about objects, our own action capabilities, and the relationship between the two. The sophistication of every-day object manipulations is already revealed in how we grasp objects before we interact with them, because we usually select grasps that bring our bodies into initial postures that are specifically tailored to facilitate the intended object manipulations. Currently we examine the learning processes and task representations that allow us to acquire and use this type of look-ahead planning when manipulating objects. This research is partly supported by the German Research Council (DFG).

Herbort, O., & Kunde, W. (2019). Precise movements in awkward postures: A direct test of the precision hypothesis of the end-state comfort effect. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 45(5), 681-696. https://doi.org/10.1037/xhp0000639 pdf. video.

Herbort, O., Kirsch, W., & Kunde, W. (2019). Grasp planning for object manipulation without simulation of the object manipulation action. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 45(2), 237-254. https://dx.doi.org/10.1037/xhp0000602

Herbort, O., Büschelberger, J., & Janczyk, M. (2018). Preschool children adapt grasping movements to upcoming object manipulations: Evidence from a dial rotation task. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 167, 62-77. pdf.  doi: 10.1016/j.jecp.2017.09.025

Herbort, O., Mathew, H. & Kunde, W. (2017). Habit outweighs planning in grasp selection for object manipulation. Cognitive Psychology. 92, 127-140. pdfdoi:10.1016/j.cogpsych.2016.11.008

Mathew, H., Kunde, W. & Herbort, O. (2017). Inverting the planning gradient - Adjustment of grasps to late segments of multi-step object manipulations. Experimental Brain Research, 235(5), 1397-1409. doi:10.1007/s00221-017-4892-9

Herbort, O. (2015). Too much anticipation? Large anticipatory adjustments of grasping movements to minimal object manipulations. Human Movement Science 42, 100-116. doi:10.1016/j.humov.2015.05.002

Herbort, O. & Butz, M. V. (2015). Planning grasps for object manipulation: Integrating internal preferences and external constraints. Cognitive Processing 16(1), 249-253.doi: 10.1007/s10339-015-0703-z 

Herbort, O., (2014). Intelligente Bewegungen: Wie vorausschauendes Verhalten alltägliche Bewegungen einfacher macht. In-Mind Magazine, 2.Link

Herbort, O., Butz, M.V., & Kunde, W. (2014). The contribution of cognitive, kinematic, and dynamic factors to anticipatory grasp selection. Experimental Brain Research232(6), 1677-1688. doi: 10.1007/s00221-014-3849-5

Herbort, O., & Rosenbaum, D. A. (2014). What is chosen first, the hand used for reaching or the target that is reached? Psychonomic Bulletin and Review 21(1), 170-177. doi: 10.3758/s13423-013-0488-y

Herbort, O. (2013). Optimal versus heuristic planning of object manipulations: A review and a computational model of the continuous end-state comfort effect. New Ideas in Psychology, 31, 291-301. doi: 10.1016/j.newideapsych.2013.01.003

Herbort, O. (2012). Where to grasp a tool? Task-dependent adjustments of tool transformations by tool users. Zeitschrift für Psychologie, 220(1):37-43. doi: 10.1027/2151-2604/a000089 (supplementary video file)

 Herbort, O., Koning, A., van Uem, J., & Meulenbroek, R. G. J. (2012). The end-state comfort Effect facilitates joint action. Acta Psychologica, 139(3), 404-416. doi:10.1016/j.actpsy.2012.01.001

Herbort, O. & Butz, M.V. (2012). The continuous end-state comfort effect: Weighted integration of multiple biases. Psychological Research. doi: 10.1007/s00426-011-0334-7

Herbort, O., & Butz, M. V. (2011). Habitual and goal-directed factors in (everyday) object handling. Experimental Brain Research 213(4), 371-382. doi: 10.1007/s00221-011-2787-8 

Herbort, O. & Butz, M.V. (2010).  Planning and control of hand orientation in grasping movements. Experimental Brain Research 202(4), 867-878. doi:10.1007/s00221-010-2191-9

Herbort, O. & Butz, M.V. (2009). Anticipatory planning of sequential hand and finger movements. Journal of Motor Behavior 41(6), 561-569. doi:10.3200/35-09-003--RA

Herbort, O., & Butz, M. V. (2007). Encoding complete body models enable task dependent optimal behavior. Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks 2007, 20, 1639-1944.

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