• Neuroscience & Behaviour

    Neuroscience & Behaviour

    The study of the interaction between physical activity and the nervous system

Jim Lyons
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My research interests combine several distinct but somewhat related areas. There are: 1) the nature of, and processes subserving, the distribution of human selective attention relative to goal-directed action, 2) perception and motor control in special populations; and, 3) human factors and cognitive ergonomics. The attention work has focused primarily on the relative influences of visual feedback, distracting information and the spatial orientation of perceptual-motor space on the acquisition and execution of both simple and complex motor skills. This research focus derives primarily from an interest in several theoretical accounts of the ways in which we use environmental information to plan movements and deal with various task constraints. My interest in human factors seeks to compliment and extend this theoretical work into areas that may be considered to be more applied including such issues as may be related to human-computer interaction and the learning of complex motor skills. My research with special populations deals primarily with changes in perception and motor control that may occur with normal aging and those that may be associated with developmental delays such as Down syndrome and Developmental Coordination Disorder.
Motor Behaviour; Motor Learning; Motor Control; Visual Regulation of Movement; Attention; Decision Making; Human Factors


Course Code
  Course Name
KINESIOL 1E03   Motor Control and Learning
KINESIOL 4V03   Human Factors and Cognitive Ergonomics


Course Code
  Course Name
KIN 705   Motor Behaviour

Glazebrook, C.M., Elliott, D., & Lyons, J. (2006). A kinematic analysis of how young adults with autism plan and control goal-directed movements. Motor Control, 10(3), 244-264.

Hansen, S., Lyons, J., & Keetch, K.M.(2006). Attentional and motor response priming in a bimanual coordination task. Motor Control 10(3), 280-299.

Lyons, J., Hansen, S., Hurding, S., & Elliott, D. (2006). Optimizing Rapid Aiming Behaviour: Movements Kinematics Depend on the Cost of Corrective Modifications. Experimental Brain Research.

Hurding, S. & Lyons, J. (2006). The effects of verbal prosody on speech perception in individuals with Down syndrome (2006). Journal on Developmental Disabilities, 13(1), 173-178.

Lyons, J., Keetch, K.M., Dhillon, V.P., Glazebrook, C.M., & Elliott, D. (2006). The influence of endogenous and exogenour orientation of attention on inhibition of return in a cross-modal target-target aiming task. Journal of Motor Behaviour, 38(3), 219-228.

Glazebrook, C., Elliott, D., Lyons, J., & Tremblay, L. (2005). Crossmodal Inhibition of Return in adults with and without Dome Syndrome. Adapted Physical Education Quarterly, 22, 277-290.

Lyons, J., Patterson, J., O’Brien, M., & Lee, T.D. (2004). The influence of gender on usability issues associated with personal data assistants. Proceedings of the 34th Annual Conference of the Association of Canadian Ergonomists.

Degree University Year
PhD Simon Fraser University 2001
MSc McMaster University 1996
BA McMaster University 1982
Degree Name
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McMaster University - Faculty of Science | Kinesiology