New research laboratory: Work research at IfADo strikes out in a new direction

The IfADo research is on the move: with a Gait Real-Time Analysis Interactive Lab (GRAIL). In it, the gait movement of the entire body can be analyzed in three dimensions in a virtual environment. The laboratory enables researchers to analyze phenomena of human information processing while moving. “The GRAIL allows us new and realistic research approaches“, says Prof. Dr. Gerhard Rinkenauer.

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Gerhard Rinkenauer: Associate Professor

Gerhard Rinkenauer has recently been appointed “Associate Professor” at the Faculty of Education, Psychology and Sociology at the TU Dortmund University. At IfADo, he has been researching the interface between man and technology since 2005. Besides, he has been a lecturer at the TU Dortmund University in the Department of Psychology since 2008.

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How mind wandering is reflected in the brain

It doesn’t matter whether you are already thinking about the end of the day at work or are compiling a shopping list in your head while driving: Everybody wanders with the thoughts. But this can not only reduce your own performance. It can also be dangerous in high-risk work. IfADo psychologist Dr. Stefan Arnau investigated the phenomenon in a recent study in collaboration with researchers of the Heidelberg University. The measurement of alpha power in the brain is therefore a good indicator of thought aberrations.

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Review: Transcranial direct current stimulation in ADHD shows clinical effects

If children are constantly fidgeting, impulsive and unfocused, this may in some cases be due to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This disorder is particularly problematic in everyday school life and impairs the development of the affected children and adolescents. Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) could be helpful here. In a review, IfADo PhD student Ali Salehinejad and neuroscientists from Iran, Netherlands and Italy critically analyzed already published studies. The review is currently published in the journal “Neuroscience Bulletin“.

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Immune response against corona infection

Immunologists at the Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors (IfADo), in collaboration with local partners, are currently developing methods to detect antibodies against the novel coronavirus. Their aim is not only to determine whether antibodies are present in a person’s blood, but also to identify the actual role of these antibodies. Thus, the team is investigating how well certain antibodies can mediate immunity against SARS-CoV-2.

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Animal Welfare Research Prize 2019 for IfADo toxicologists

Wiebke Albrecht, a PhD student at the Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors (IfADo) receives the “Animal Welfare Research Prize 2019” by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (23.10.2019). Together with an international team of scientists, Albrecht’s work introduces novel test performance metrics to systematically assess and optimize in vitro systems, which in the future could be used to predict drug-induced liver injury and define the acceptable daily intake of drugs. The methods established by Albrecht and co-authors serve to minimize or even eradicate the need for animal experiments in the area of toxicological risk assessment in the long term.

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The influence of nicotine on the brain

“Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times,” is a famous quote of the author Mark Twain. For many people it is difficult to quit smoking, since nicotine stimulates the brain and increases processes of perception, attention and memory formation, at least in the short term. The last point in particular is interesting for research and will now be examined in more detail in a project at IfADo, that is funded by the German Research Foundation.

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