I study "how we perceive how to do things", such as, how we see how to walk to a goal, and how to use a tool to reach for an object to grasp it. My research goal is to better understand the roles of perception, learning and cognition in regulating movement and action. Three interests form the main drive of my studies. I want to better understand: (1) the use of "visual strategies" in guiding and calibrating movement and action; (2) how actions are organized to enable us to achieve our goals even when we perform an action in a new way or under unfamiliar conditions; and (3) the processes involved in perceiving the spatial structure of our surroundings.
Born and raised in the Netherlands, Dr. Bruggeman received his B.Sc. in Human Movement Sciences from Vrije Universiteit (Amsterdam, the Netherlands). He then obtained a position as a visiting scholar at the University of Minnesota with Professor Gordon Legge. In Minnesota he became a graduate student at the Department of Psychology completing his Ph.D. in Cognitive and Biological Psychology in 2004. His dissertation research, under the supervision of Professor Herbert Pick, addressed issues of visual-motor adaptation. As a paradigm he used learning to throw on a rotating carousel; very similar to that featured on Science@NASA. Following his graduate work, Hugo became a post doctoral fellow at Brown University, collaborating with Professor Bill Warren to study the perceptual control of locomotion. He currently holds an Assistant Professor of Research position at Brown University. His research interests continue to evolve and, since recently, also include computational vision (in collaboration with Professor Fulvio Domini).
HUGO BRUGGEMAN, Ph.D.
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