The Performance and Exercise Psychophysiology (PEP) Laboratory is guided by the philosophy that through elucidating neurobiological underpinnings of optimal human psychomotor performance individuals in all walks of life and across their entire life spans will be better equipped to fulfill their potential. More specifically, we seek to uncover neurobiological mechanisms underlying psychomotor performance phenomena frequently reported in the sport and exercise psychology literature, thus taking an innovative approach to examining classic kinesiology concepts. For example, our current research is attempting to shed light on neurobiological mechanisms mediating the often-observed positive correlation between group cohesion and psychomotor performance. Our observations suggest that working as a member of a highly cohesive team results in team members being able to maintain efficient cerebral cortical activation and large reserves of attentional resources, both of which are associated with high-quality psychomotor performance. The PEP Lab also aims to understand how both cognitive (e.g., mindfulness training) and physical (e.g., aerobic exercise) training interventions can improve cognitive functioning and, consequently, task execution. We currently employ electroencephalographic (EEG) and behavioral measurement techniques to address our research interests. In the future, we hope to use more psychophysiological techniques [e.g., functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)] and examine inter-individual (e.g., genetic) differences.
Last Updated: Jun 13, 2012