Center for Cognition, Action & PerceptionCenter for Cognition, Action & PerceptionCenter for Cognition, Action & PerceptionUniversity of Cincinnati

Center for Cognition, Action & Perception


CAP Labs & Research

CAP Center researchers investigate the dynamics of cognition and perception-action. Some current topics of investigation include joint action and interpersonal coordination, dynamics of cognitive performance in reading and decision making, affordance perception, multi-modal heaviness perception, embodied distance perception, perception-action-cognition in autism spectrum disorder, cognitive and perception-action development and children's learning, interlimb coordination, and postural control. Our approach is inspired by ecological psychology, dynamical systems, complexity theory, and embodied cognition. Our research is supported by NSF and NIH grants.

Our lab resources include several motion capture facilities including an 8-camera Optotrak Certus system with Smart Markers, an eye tracking lab, force platforms, physiological measurement sensors, and VR systems. Our laboratories are located in Edwards Center 1 and Dyer Hall at the University of Cincinnati. CAP labs include:



A list of publications by primary CAP faculty & students is available here.




Nonlinear Methods Web Book

With NSF funding Michael Riley and Guy Van Orden edited a free, online tutorial on nonlinear methods. The tutorial has been downloaded thousands of times and has helped many scientists gain a working understanding of nonlinear time series analyses such as recurrence quantification analysis and fractal methods.




With NSF funding we have developed the Joint Action Research Database (JARD), a repository for data on joint action and interpersonal coordination. Create an account for free to share your data or download other researchers' data.