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Theme 2: Perception, Action and Control

Joint Action–Motor Control

Donders-ACTION-CONTROL-screen thema 2The primary aim of the group is to develop a deeper understanding of the mechanisms underlying joint action and motor control.

Originally the research focused on intraindividual processes of reaching, grasping, drawing and handwriting tasks but since a decade the attention of the group has turned to ingredients of human-human interactions such as joint perception, shared decision making, and collaborative motor performance.

Motion perception, motion planning and movement coordination are typical examples of processes that are highlighted by the group. Key concepts in the explanatory models of the group are posture-based motion planning, multiple-constraint satisfaction, end-state comfort, forward modelling, inverse kinematics, redundancy control, motor resonance, and intention recognition. The models resulting from this group's research are implemented in robotics. Further applications concern studies on diagnosis and prevention of Repetitive Strain Injury involving analyses of variability, felxibility and stability, and ‘bad habits' in patients who, after lower-limb injuries, are recovering from their traumas with the support of physical therapists.

Name: Ruud Meulenbroek
Telephone: 024-3616031
Fax: 024-3616066
Visiting address: Donders Centre for Cognition
Montessorilaan 3
6525 HR Nijmegen
The Netherlands
Postal address: Donders Centre for Cognition
P.O. Box 9104
6500 HE Nijmegen
The Netherlands
Key grants and prizes
  • 2009-present: Pilot Graduate School. NWO (800k)
  • 2004-2010: Joint Action System Technology. EU (2M)
Key publications
  • Bosga, J., Hullegie, W., Van Cingel, R., & Meulenbroek, R.G.J. (in press).
    Solution space: Monitoring the dynamics of motor rehabilitation.
    Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, xx, xxx--xxx.
  • Longo, A., & Meulenbroek, R.G.J. (2017).
    Precision-dependent changes in motor variability during sustained bimanual reaching.
    Motor Control. 2017 Jan 25:1-29. doi: 10.1123/mc.2016-0013. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Schurink, J.L., Cox, R.F.A., van Rens, G.H.M.BCillessen, A.H.N., Meulenbroek, R.G.J., & Boonstra, N.F. (2016).
    Effective and Efficient Stand Magnifier Use in Visually Impaired Children.
    Front. Psychol., 23 June 2016.
  • Roelofsen, E.G.J., Bosga, J., Rosenbaum, D.A., Nijhuis-van der Sanden, R., Hullegie, W.,� Van Cingel, R., & Meulenbroek, R.G.J. (2016).
    Haptic Feedback Helps Bipedal Coordination.
    Experimental Brain Research, 10, 2869-2881.
  • Brown, D., & Meulenbroek, R.G.J. (2016).
    Effects of a Fragmented View of Ones Partner on Interpersonal Coordination in Dance.
    Frontiers in Psychology 2- May-2016.


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Research Theme 2:
Perception, Action and Decision-making

Research Group
Joint Action–Motor Control

Principal Investigator
Prof. R.G.J. Meulenbroek

Group members

Dr. Ida Bosga-Stork
Dr. Jurjen Bosga

Andrea Frielink-Loing
Derrick Brown
Alessia Longo
Eefje Roelofsen
Jorne Kemper