About the Lab

The Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory at the University of Minnesota is part of the School of Kinesiology, in the College of Education and Human Development.

Research on relations between perception and action is relatively recent in the behavioral sciences, and APAL is a leader in quantitative research in this area. Our focus is on the integration of perception and action in the context of meaningful behaviors. In APAL, our research straddles the boundary between basic and applied science: Our research on “basic” issues commonly has implications for applications, such as clinical practice, or the design and use of human-machine systems. Similarly, our research on “applied” issues commonly has implications for general theories of perception-action.

APAL scientists collaborate with researchers from diverse disciplines (Kinesiology, Psychology, Engineering, Computer Science), and from many countries (France, Japan, England, Taiwan, Brazil, China, Australia, and Korea).

Participate in Online Studies

APAL is conducting new research on virtual driving. People can participate in our study using their own computers, at home! We have created a virtual driving environment that anyone can download and experience. If you meet our eligibility criteria, you can participate in this study. More information is available here

Cybersickness in Head-mounted Displays

APAL is delighted to be part of a 4-year grant awarded by the National Science Foundation (2019-2023). The award, “Prediction, Early Detection, and Mitigation of Virtual Reality Simulator Sickness,” allocates over $1,100,000 towards research on motion sickness among users of head-mounted display systems that are becoming increasingly popular in entertainment, training, rehab, and other applications. The interdisciplinary grant is a collaboration between the U of M’s College of Science and Engineering and the College of Education & Human Development. The Principal Investigators are Evan Suma Rosenberg and Victoria Interrante (both from CSE) and APAL Director, Thomas Stoffregen. Among other things, the funded research will provide new ways to understand and combat sex differences in susceptibility to cybersickness. Click here for additional information.