Department of Kinesiology

Department of Kinesiology >> Faculty

Professor,  Associate Chair Grad Program
(On Leave Jan-June2017)

Jim Lyons

Location: Ivor Wynne Centre, Room 205
Phone: 905 525 9140 ext. 27899
E-mail: lyonsjl@mcmaster.ca

Research

Research

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.

 

Publications

Publications

Italics indicates students who were supervised by Dr. Lyons.

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.

 

Education

Education

 

Degree University Year
BA McMaster University 1982
MSc McMaster University 1996
PhD Simon Fraser University 2001

Grad Students

Grad Students

 

Degree Name    
MSc Jessica Skultety    
       
PhD Jim Burkitt    
  Jessica Cappelletto    
  Kinga Eliasz    

Teaching

Teaching

Courses

Undergraduate

Kinesiol 1E03 - Motor Control and Learning

Kinesiol 4V03 - Human Factors and Cognitive Ergonomics

Graduate
KIN 705 - Motor Behaviour

Contact Kinesiology

The Department of Kinesiology is located in the Ivor Wynne Centre (IWC) and IWC East Building, on the northeast side of the university's central campus.
Department of Kinesiology
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Ivor Wynne Centre
Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1
Canada