Medical Technology Systems - Project "GraviMoKo"


Effect of gravitational changes on motor function and cognition (GraviMoKo)

Psychophysiological studies: EEG and EMG studies on motor learning and impact on cognition

Within the GraviMoKo project, the following studies are carried out at the level of biological signals, in particular electroencephalography (EEG) and electromyography (EMG) as well as heart rate variability (HRV). how micro- and hypergravity affect motor and cognitive learning and stress states. stress states. In particular, it will be investigated how motor and cognitive states cognitive states influence each other. To address this question, an exoskeleton will be used to simulate microgravity, both to investigate motor learning processes and to evaluate the interaction at the level of cognitive load states. In a second step, it will be evaluated whether the movement sequences trained under simulated microgravity can be transferred to real microgravity induced by parabolic flights and whether this motor training can also reduce cognitive load states. A parabolic flight is planned for autumn 2023. Translated with (free version)

Project data

Duration: 01.10.2022 - 30.09.2025
Donee: University Duisburg-Essen/ Medical Technoloy Systems
Sonsor: Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V.
Gran number: Founded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, German Aerospace Center e.V. FKZ: 50RP2270A (UDE) und 50RP2270B (DFKI)
Partner: Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz GmbH


Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Elsa Kirchner

Contact person:
Judith Bütefür, M.Sc.