Welcome to the BioMotionLab! Directed by Dr. Niko Troje we are a research lab located at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.
Our work is focused on questions involving the processing of sensory information, perception, cognition and communication. Enjoy this web site and find out much more about us and our work.
What is biological motion?
Do you know what “biological motion” is? I am considered an expert on biological motion perception but I am not entirely sure myself where to use the term and where not to use it. No question, biological motion is a super interesting thing. But also a very diverse one. People have used the term for a whole bag of goodies, often without even realizing that the same label may not always refer to the same thing. Its meaning seems to have evolved over time, too. In a chapter that just came out in a wonderful new book, I attempt to provide an overview about the broader phenomenology that falls under the term “biological motion”. A link to an early version of my chapter is here. But you may rather want to get hold of a copy of the book itself. It is entitled “Social Perception” and edited by M. D. Rutherford and V. A. Kuhlmeier. The book provides a comprehensive overview not just about the perception of biological motion (whatever that is), but also about other aspects of social visual perception. A very interesting read that contains contributions from a considerable number of acclaimed experts in the field.