Academic Career and Research Areas
In our research, we strive to understand the rules and laws of human movement and the associated neural mechanisms. We study young and elderly healthy individuals, athletes, as well as individuals with damage to the central neural system. We employ methods to capture and analyze movements and forces, and to measure and stimulate brain activity. We also develop new approaches in neurorehabilitation.
Following his study of engineering at TUM, Joachim Hermsdörfer received his PhD at the Institute for Medical Psychology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich in 1993. He headed the research group “Sensorimotor Disturbances” at the Clinical Neuropsychology Research Group in the Hospital München-Bogenhausen. In 2010, he was appointed Full Professor and Chair of Human Movement Science at the TUM Department of Sport and Health Sciences. He was also appointed as a faculty member of the TUM School of Medicine.
Brandi ML, Wohlschläger A, Sorg C, Hermsdörfer J: "The neural correlates of planning and executing actual tool use". Journal of Neuroscience. 2014; 34(39): 13183-13194.Abstract
Hermsdörfer J, Li Y, Randerath J, Roby-Brami A, Goldenberg G: "Tool use kinematics across different modes of execution. Implications for action representation and apraxia". Cortex. 2013; 49(1): 184-199.Abstract
Nowak DA, Hermsdörfer J: Sensorimotor Control of Grasping: Physiology and Pathophysiology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.Abstract
Goldenberg G, Hermsdörfer J, Glindemann R, Rorden C, Karnath HO: "Pantomime of tool use depends on integrity of left inferior frontal cortex". Cerebral Cortex. 2007; 17(12): 2769-2776.Abstract
Hermsdörfer J, Hagl E, Nowak DA, Marquardt, C: "Grip force control during object manipulation in cerebral stroke". Clinical Neurophysiology. 2003; 114(5): 915-929.Abstract