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Action research: Improving understanding and methodologies in early development

Objective

The ACT Initial Training Network aims to establish a leading European training network devoted to investigating the interplay between action and cognition using a developmental approach. The ACT network represents a collective of scientific and industrial groups at the cutting edge of research in the fields of social development, developmental psychology, cognitive science, developmental neuropsychology, and computational science. The network will train PhD students and produce new technology to answer critical issues in our understanding of human development. A core assumption of the network is that development of perception, motivation, and cognition is grounded in, and develops through, our own actions (von Hofsten, 2004). We learn about our physical environment by actively engaging with the world. As we develop new action capabilities, new elements of the environment become salient to us. This process is especially prominent early in infancy when action capacities and an understanding of the world develop. The nature of developmental research demands a multi-method approach. As a result, we propose to rigorously train ESRs such that they obtain two or more techniques required to study the relationship between brain and behaviour in early social development. We will conduct research and training within and between academic and industry partners on the role of attention in action, prospective control, social interactions, and semantics in action. We will improve technologies so that movement analysis is possible with infants. We will also develop an eye tracking system that links to EEG and we will create tools that are designed specifically for infant EEG data. In addition to these major breakthroughs in our knowledge, we will provide a structured training programme for Early Stage Researchers that capitalizes on cross-European strengths that will produce cutting edge leaders within the field in a unique and timely interdisciplinary training programme.

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2011-ITN
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER
Address
Bailrigg
LA1 4YW Lancaster
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 676 775,96
Administrative Contact
Sarah Taylor (Dr.)

Participants (7)

BIRKBECK COLLEGE - UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 527 680,90
Address
Malet Street
WC1E 7HX London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Craig Bryce (Mr.)
BRAIN PRODUCTS GMBH SOFT- UND HARDWARE FUR NEUROPHYSIOLOGISCHE FORSCHUNGSANWENDUNGEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 244 666,38
Address
Zeppelinstrasse 7
82205 Gilching
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Birgit Trogisch (Ms.)
TOBII TECHNOLOGY
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 251 612,86
Address
Karlsrovagen 2D
18253 Danderyd
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tommy Strandvall (Mr.)
STICHTING RADBOUD UNIVERSITEIT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 536 067,47
Address
Houtlaan 4
6525 XZ Nijmegen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Harold Bekkering (Prof.)
UPPSALA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 535 001,18
Address
Von Kraemers Alle 4
751 05 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gustaf Gredebäck (Prof.)
QUALISYS AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 254 472,86
Address
Kvarnbergsgatan 2
411 05 Goteborg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Fredrik Müller (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM

Participation ended

United Kingdom
Address
Stockton Road The Palatine Centre
DH1 3LE Durham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Wendy Harle (Ms.)