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Welcome to the Human Perfomance Biopsychology Laboratory. The laboratory is located in the Department of Kinesiology within the University of Maryland College Park School of Public Health

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The Human Performance Biopsychology Laboratory studies the neural and biopsychological basis of elite human performance. More specifically, we examine the brain dynamics of performers from a neurocognitive, affective and psychomotor perspective. Much of our work centers around the concept of psychomotor efficiency and utilizes various psychophysiological measures to further our understanding of high-level cognitive-motor performance.  Specific areas of interest include cognitive/mental workload, mental stress and resilience, mental preparation, practice methodologies, biofeedback, mindfulness, sleep, and team dynamics. The laboratory is equipped for testing and analyzing human performance with electroencephalography (EEG), electromyography (EMG), eye-tracking, motion analysis, and dynamometry.

 

Research Projects

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Faculty 

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Bradley D. Hatfield CV/Resume

Dr. Hatfield is Professor and Chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland, College Park with adjunct appointments in the Neuroscience and Cognitive Sciences (NACS) as well as the Center on Aging and a secondary appointment in the School of Medicine (Department of Epidemiology and Public Health). He is a Fellow and President-elect of the National Academy of Kinesiology, and Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, the Research Consortium of the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD), and he is a charter Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology (AAASP).  His current research is focused on 1) the assessment of cognitive load based on cerebral cortical dynamics during motor performance (funded by Lockheed-Martin Corporation) and 2) the role of physical activity and genetics in mental health. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rodolphe Gentili

Dr. Gentili is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Program in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (NACS), Maryland Robotics Center. The central theme of Dr. Gentili's research is to understand the brain processes underlying human motor behavior by employing, experimental cognitive-motor neuroscience, computational modeling and robotics-based approaches. Dr. Gentili uses electroencephalography (EEG), functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), kinematics, dynamics, electromyography (EMG), computational modeling and robotics to examine the brain processes underlying human cognitive-motor adaptation, learning and performance.  

Hyuk Oh Ph.D. CV/Resume

Hyuk has a background in computer science and computational neuroscience at the University of Southern California and then at the University of Maryland College Park. His research focuses on developing neurally inspired network models to inform the cognitive-motor behavior in human as well as on neuroimaging data processing.   

                                        

Li-Chuan Lo Ph.D. CV/Resume

Li-Chuan is recently graduated with a doctoral degree Kinesiology from the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland College Park. She is a collaborative human behavioral researcher with a background in education psychology and training is psychophysiology. She has over 10 years of experience conducting observational experiments whose focus was to investigate the effect of stress on human attention and cognitive motor performance. She has served as a project manager and team leader executing data collection and analyses. 

Yue Du Ph.D. (Post-Doctoral Scholar) CV/Resume

DY is recently graduated with a doctoral degree in Kinesiology from the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland College Park. He is currently a post-doc co-supervised with Dr. Jane Clark and Dr. Bradley Hatfield. His research is focused on how distinct learning processes interactively act during motor sequence learning and their functional roles in learning and memory that operate across different timescales (i.e., consolidation, retention and generalization). His long-term goal is to understand motor learning as well as its computational, cognitive, and neural underpinnings and use these motor learning principles to unravel the processes underlying the age-related development of motor learning. 

Graduate Students

   

Kyle Jaquess M.A. (Ph.D. Student) CV/Resume

Kyle is currently a doctoral student in the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland College Park pursuing a degree in Kinesiology. His research primarily focuses on the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying the optimal learning state, based upon the challenge point framework which can elucidate details regarding the effective learning of cognitive-motor skills and to further the fields of kinesiology, psychology, cognitive-neuroscience, and ergonomics. Constructs of interest include expertise, engagement, self-control, learning and memory, mental workload, and the optimal challenge point.

Bradley Ritland DPT, OCS (Ph.D. Student) CV/Resume

Bradley, is currently a doctoral student in the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland College Park pursuing a degree in Kinesiology. His research focuses primarily on how sleep levels impact human performance on (cognitive, psychomotor, and physical tasks). He is currently investigating how a short-term sleep extension intervention may impact/enhance performance on a cognitive and motor test battery. 

Drew Ginsberg MAT (Ph.D. Student) CV/Resume

Drew is currently a doctoral student in the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland College Park pursuing a degree in Kinesiology. His research primarily focuses on understanding mental preparation from a psychophysiological perspective. He seeks to identify mechanisms explaining the mental preparation (psyching) force production relationship by combining neurophysiological, physiological, psychological and biomechanical measures using electroencephalography (EEG), electromyography (EMG), and isokinetic dynamometer to examine this relationship. 

Calvin Lu (MA Student) CV/Resume

Calvin in currently a masters student in the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland College Park pursuing a degree in Kinesiology. His research primarily focuses on how deep diaphragmatic breathing is able to alter autonomic and central nervous system activities. And its ability to improve human performance. Along with the possibility of utilizing deep diaphragmatic breathing as a treatment or rehabilitation technique.

Steve Kahl M.S. (Ph.D. Student) CV/Resume

Steve is currently a doctoral student in the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland College Park pursuing a degree in Kinesiology. His research primarily focuses on analyzing the connection between sleep and human performance from both a physical and mental perspective. He seeks to investigate the decision making process of the elite performer under physical and mental load. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visiting Faculty 

 

                                  

Yingzhi Lu Ph.D. CV/Resume

Yingzhi is a visiting professor from Shanghai University of Sport. Her primary research focuses on two aspects. One is the cognitive processing of highly experienced athletes (such as prediction, decision-making, etc.), and another is the motor performance and brain activities with different emotions (negative vs. positive; fear vs. disgust, etc.). To address these issues, the event-related potentials (ERPs), techniques of electroencephalography (EEG), and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) were used in her research.

                                       

Mingjung Woo Ph.D. CV/Resume

Mingjung is a visiting professor from the School of Exercise and Sport Science University of Ulsan, South Korea. Her reserach is focused around exercise, gene and cognition in the developing brain. In addition her research is centered on the psychophysical aspect of exercise and sport with a focus on the role of neurofeedback training for peak performance. Techniques she utilizes includes electroencephalography (EEG) and event-related potentials (ERP's). 


Undergraduate Students 

Eric Elue

Eric is currently a sophmore undergraduate kinesiology student in the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland College Park. He hopes to attend medical school and pursue a career in medical research. 

 

Josh Teso

Josh is currently a undergraduate rising senior at the University of California Santa Cruz. From his Intensive Psychology degree he hopes to attend a cognitive psychology Phd program. 


Previous Members






Year Name  Position durng Membership  Disseratation/Thesis Current Location 
2016 Li-Chaun Lo Doctoral Student  The Influence of Conscious Control of Movement on Brain Processes and the Quality of Cognitive Motor Performance  
2016 Mark Saffer  Doctoral Student  The Impact of Motor Learning on Motor Behavior and Cortical Dynamics in a Complex Stressful Social Environment   
2016  Ying Ying Tan Doctoral Student  The Influence of Motivation on Emotion Regulation and Motor Performance: Examination of a Neuro-Affective Model  
2016 Seth Nieman  Master's Student    United States Military Academy, West Point
2016 Margaret Dumm Undergraduate Student     
2015  Clayton Domingues Visting Professor    Universidade Federal Fluminense, in Niteroi, Brazil 
2013 Matthew Miller Doctoral Student  A programmatic research approach to understanding the impact of team environment on cerebral cortical dynamics and attention.  Auburn University, Auburn Alabama 
2013
Maureen Kayes 
Doctoral Student  Variability in Cognitive Performance and Learning in Young Adults Explained by Cardiovascular Fitness, Physical Activity, and ApoE Genotype   
2013 Bartlett Russell Doctoral Student  The effect of mental stress on brain dynamics and performance related to attention control druing a vigilance task: An electroencephalographic investigation  Lockheed-Martin Corporation 
2012 Melissa Pangelinan Doctoral Student  Brain Function Underlying Adaptive Sensorimotor Control in Children With and Without Developmental Coordination Disorder  Auburn University, Auburn Alabama 
2011 Michelle Costanzo Doctoral Student  Examination of the brain processes underlying emotion regulation within a stress-resilient population Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
2011 Jeremy Rietschel Doctoral Student  Psychophysiological Investigation of Attentional Processes during Motor Learning  Veteran's Administration Hospital 
2008 Ronald N. Goodman Doctoral Student  Performing Motor Skills Under Psychological Stress - Assessment of Neurobiological and Genetic Influence University of Maryland at Baltimore Medical School 
2008 Minjung Woo Doctoral Student  Physical Fitness, Brain Function, and the Role of the Apolipoprotein E4 Allele in Young Adults  Korea University, Seoul Korea
2007 Shu-Chen Lee Doctoral Student  Spectators' Emotional and Physiological Response to Televised Sports Violence : A Test of Sensation Seeking Theory   
2005 Sean Deeny Doctoral Student  Physical activity is associated with greater task-related cortical activation during executive function and working memory challenge in cognitively normal middle-aged APOE E4 carriers and non-carriers Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago 
2004 Park Lockwood Doctoral Student  Aerobic exercise, hemispheric Asymmetry and affective state: Does exercise differentially impact approach versus withdrawal-oriented individuals?  Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas 
2003 Walter Bixby Doctoral Student  A multifaceted examination of the exercise and effect relationshp Elon University, Elon North Carolina 
2002 Scott Kerick Doctoral Student  Neurocognitive adaptations associated with marksmanship training Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Aberdeen, Maryland 
2002 Lisa D. McAllister Doctoral Student  Selective attention characteristics of expert and novice rifle shooters: An electrocortical study University of Maryland, College Park Maryland 
2000 Charles H. Hillman Doctoral Student Cardiovascular fitness and neurocognitive processes in older adults University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois 
1999 Pekka Saarela Doctoral Student The effect of mental stress of cerebral hemispheric asymmetry and psychomotor performance in skilled marksmen Finnish Institute of Occupational Health 
1999 Ross J. Apparies Doctoral Student The relationship of attention to cortical slow potentials Neuroscan Laboratories, El Paso, Texas 
1998 Cassandra Blanchard Doctoral Student The effect of exercise-induced hyperthermia on post exercise cerebral asymmetry and affective state  
1997 Amy J. Haufler Doctoral Student The psychology of expert performance: Comparative brain activation profiles in marksmen and novice shooters Johns Hopins University Applied Physics Laboratory 
1996 T.M. Hung Doctoral Student Are fast-action sport athletes characterized by greater attentional flexibility and motor preparedness? An electrophysiological study of table tennis players Graduate Institute of Sport and Exercise Science, Taipei Physical Education College, Taiwan, Republic of China 
1996 Robyn Snyder-Bauer Doctoral Student The effect of exercise-induced hypoglycemia on selected measures of central nervous system function in elite cyclists Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey 
1995 Lewis Lyon Doctoral Student A comparative analysis of aerobic conditioning, resistance training, and a structured stress management program in the attenuation of the adult psychophysiological response to cognitive stress Good Health Center, Good Samaritan Hospital, Baltimore. Maryland 
1993 Evan Brody Doctoral Student The effect of attention upon force alteration and activation of the biceps and medial triceps brachii during an isometric elbow flexion task: An EMG assessment University of Maryland, College Park Maryland 
1993 David W. Armstrong Doctoral Student The role of opioid receptors in exercising humans acutely exposed to cold and hot air National Naval Medical Command Hospital, Bethesda, Maryland 
         

We are very proud of our collaborations with

Army Research Laboratory Aberdeen Proving Grounds
Auburn University, School of Kinesiology 
Brain and Behavior Initiative
Defense Science Organization, Singapore
Department of Aerospace Engineering, Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence(AGRC), University of Maryland, College Park 
Institute of Systems Research, A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park
Lockheed Martin Corporation
National Taiwan Normal Univeristy, Department of Physical Education 
Program in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science, University of Maryland, University of Maryland, College Park
Reserve Officers Training Corps University of Maryland, College Park 
Shanghai University of Sport
The School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, University of Maryland, College Park 
The University of Florida, Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology 
The University of Maryland Athletic Department
The United States Military Academy West Point
The United States Naval Academy
United States Department of Defense
Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niteroi, Brazil
University of Maryland at Baltimore Medical School
University of Ulsan, School of Sport and Exercise Science, South Korea
Veteran's Administration Hospital Baltimore and Washington 
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Electroencephalography (EEG)
Electromyography (EMG)
Electrocardiogram (EKG)
Eye Tracking

 

Saliva Collection
Dynamometer

 

 

 

 

Blood Samples 

 

Sleep Measurements

 

Date

News Type 

Details

Summer 2018  Dissertation Defense  Kyle Jaquess successfully defended his dissertation. Congrats Dr. Jaquess. 
Summer 2018  Dissertation Defense  Bradley Ritland successfully defended his dissertation. Congrats Dr. Ritland. 
Summer 2018 New Student Welcome to Josh Teso (University of California, Santa Cruz) as he joins the lab as an undergraduate student.
Spring 2018 Award Calvin Lu was awarded the Jacob K. Goldhaber Travel Grant. 
Spring 2018 Award Kyle Jaquess was awarded The James H. Humphrey Graduate Student Published Research Award for his article titled: Empirical Evidence for the Relationship Between Cognitive Workload and Attentional Reserve. 
Spring 2018 Presentation Dr. Hatfield gave The 2018 Bernard B. Ramsey Lecture Series Lecture produced by the Department of Kinesiology in the College of Education at The University of Georgia titled: The Brain and Mind of the Elite Performer: Efficient, Refined, and Resilient to Stress.
Spring 2018 Presentation Drew Ginsberg presented at The Sixth Annual Public Health Research @ Maryland Conference titled: The Effect of Mental Preparation on Voluntary Torque Production and Cortico-Cortical Communication. 
Spring 2018 Presentation Calvin Lu presented at The Sixth Annual Public Health Research @ Maryland Conference titled: Indexing Attentional Focus: A Critical Neural Element of Athletic Performance.

Fall 2017 

Award 

Congratulations to Bradley Ritland who was awarded the Department of Kinesiology graduate student grant program, Graduate Research Initiative Project (GRIP) to assist in funding his dissertation project. 

Fall 2017 

Presentation 

Kyle Jaquess presented at the Mid-Atlantic Region Conference of the American College of Sports Medicine in Harrisburg, PA titled: Memory Systems Engagement as a Potential Neurocognitive Mechanism Underlying the Effectiveness of Self-Regulated Practice.

Fall 2017  Presentation  Eric Elue presnted at the Mid-Atlantic Region Conference of the American College of Sports Medicine in Harrisburg, PA titled: Psyching Effects on Voluntary Torque Production and Cortico-Cortical Communication using EEG. 

Fall 2017 

Presentation 

Calvin Lu presented at the Mid-Atlantic Region Conference of the American College of Sports Medicine in Harrisburg, PA titled: Indexing Attentional Focus: A Critical Neural Element of Athletic Performance.

Fall 2017 

Presentation 

Drew Ginsberg presented at the Mid-Atlantic Region Conference of the American College of Sports Medicine in Harrisburg, PA titled: The Effect of Mental Preparation on Voluntary Torque Production and Cortico-Cortical Communication. 

Fall 2017

Presentation 

Kyle Jaquess gave a presented at Neuroscience 2017, in Washington D.C. titled: The Relationship Between Cognitive Workload and Attentional Reserve: An empirical investigation. 

Summer 2017

Job 

Visiting Student Yingzhi Lu was named an assistant professor at Shanghai University of Sport. Congratulations to the new professor! 

Summer 2017  New Student  Welcome to Eric Elue as he joins the lab as an undergraduate student.

Summer 2017

Fellowship 

Drew Ginsberg received the Graduate School Summer Research Fellowship which allowed him the opportunity to concentrate fully on scholarly activities and research. Congratulations Drew! 

Summer 2017 

Presentation 

Kyle Jaquess presented at the North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity in San Diego, CA titled: Changes in Mental Workload and Motor Performance During the Learning of a Novel Cognitive-Motor Task Over Practice Sessions. 

Spring 2017 

Visiting Professor 

Dr. Mingjung Woo from University of Ulsan, South Korea joined the lab as a visiting professor.

Spring 2017

Promotion 

Congratuations to Dr. Hyuk Oh as he was named a Research Assistant Professor within the Kinesiology Department, School of Public Health University of Maryland College Park. 

Spring 2017 

Grant 

Dr. Hatfield is awarded a grant from the Department of Defense: Army-Aviation Applied Technology Directorate. Title: Influence of Brain Processes on Cognitive Workload under Varying Levels of Challenge in a Degraded Visual Environment During Helicoptor Flight

Spring 2017

Dissertation Defense 

Yingzhi Lu successfully defended her dissertation. Congratulations Dr. YZ! 

Fall 2016 

President Elect 

Dr. Hatfield is named elected by the National Academy of Kinesiolgoy as the President-Elect of the 86 year old organization. Congratulations to Dr. Hatfield! 

Fall 2016

New Student 

Welcome to Steve Kahl as he joins the lab as a Ph.D. student. 

Spring 2016 

Invited Talk 

Dr. Hatfield delivered a talk at the University of Texas, Dallas Texas Center for Brain Health Lecture series titled: The Mind of the Elite Performer - A Neurobiological Perspective 

Spring 2016

Dissertation Defense 

Congratulations to Yue Du for successfully defending his dissertation. Congrats Dr. Du! 

Spring 2016

Dissertation Defense 

Congratulations to Yue Du for successfully defending his dissertation. Congrats Dr. Du! 

Fall 2015 

Dissertation Defense 

Congratulations to Hyuk Oh who successfully defended his dissertation. Congrats Dr. Oh! 

Fall 2015 

Dissertation Defense 

Congratulations to Li-Chaun Lo who successfully defended her dissertation. Congrats Dr. Lo! 

 

Want to get involved?

For information about student opportunities, current research projects, how to get involved as a volunteer or explore colloboration with our research team, please contact us bhatfiel@umd.edu 

 
Office Phone:
(301) 405.2450
Fax:
301.405.5578
Email:
bhatfiel@umd.edu 
Mailing Address:
Department of Kinesiology
Bradley D. Hatfield
School of Public Health (Bldg. #225)
University of Maryland
4200 Valley Drive
College Park, MD 20742