Doctoral Research Seminar on: "Influence of brain oscillations on continual perception and performance"

Doctoral Research Seminar on: "Influence of brain oscillations on continual perception and performance" by Dr. Fernando Cross Villasana, Chair of Sport Psychology/TUM


The role of brain oscillations on human performance has been widely studied using event-related experimental designs, where the oscillations are assessed shortly before and after discrete trials. In contrast, the state and influence of oscillations over continual task performance has received much less attention due to theoretical considerations like continual tasks being composed of multiple discrete components; and methodological difficulties such as eye and body movements during task performance. Nonetheless, the analysis of running oscillations during and before continual tasks offers a window towards valuable insights that complement observations from event-related studies. Here I would like to present some experiments that relied on careful experimental design to analyze oscillations in continual tasks using standard EEG processing. Results revealed information about cognitive workload and visual-motor interaction that complement event-related observations.

Bio: After a Diploma in psychology in Mexico City, Fernando Cross Villasana obtained an M.Sc. in Neurocognitive Psychology at LMU in Munich, where he subsequently researched "The cortical aftereffects of dynamic handgrip and the role of EEG alpha and theta bands before and during motor performance" within the Graduate School of Systemic Neuroscience. After obtaining his PhD in 2016, he conducted research at the Klinikum Großhadern on how the motor system modulates the visual-vestibular interaction. Since 2019 he is a research associate at the Chair of Sport Psychology, TUM, where he works on the "Sport Healing Rehabilitation (SPHERE)" project.

19 February 2020, 16:30h, ICS Karlstraße 45, 2. Floor, room 2026