The long-term goal of the research in my laboratory is to understand how the human brain controls movement. In the attempt to answer this question, I have been studying a variety of human populations using neuropsychological, psychophysical, electrophysiological and biomechanical recordings as well as systems modeling (neural networks) and brain imaging techniques.
My lab has two primary research foci. The first focus is to understand the etiology and mechanisms of neurological diseases that affect the motor system. In the past, much of our work has centered around patients with dysfunctions of the cerebellum or the basal ganglia.
In addition, I have always have been interested in the development of motor function. Thus, my second research focus centers around how infants and children learn to control their bodies and how they acquire motor skills.
(For a comprehensive list of recent publications, refer to PubMed, a service provided by the National Library of Medicine.)
Jacobi H, Alfes J, Minnerop M, Konczak J, Klockgether T, Timmann D. Dual task effect on postural control in patients with degenerative cerebellar disorders. Cerebellum Ataxias. 2015 May 8;2:6.
Cappello L, Elangovan N, Contu S, Khosravani S, Konczak J, Masia L. Robot-aided assessment of wrist proprioception. Front Hum Neurosci. 2015 Apr 14;9:198.
Konczak J, Aman JE, Chen YW, Li KY, Watson PJ. Impaired Limb Proprioception in Adults With Spasmodic Dysphonia. J Voice. 2015 Feb 27.
Valberg SJ, Lewis SS, Shivers JL, Barnes NE, Konczak J, Draper AC, Armién AG. The Equine Movement Disorder "Shivers" Is Associated With Selective Cerebellar Purkinje Cell Axonal Degeneration. Vet Pathol. 2015 Feb 24.
Aman JE, Elangovan N, Yeh IL, Konczak J. The effectiveness of proprioceptive training for improving motor function: a systematic review. Front Hum Neurosci. 2015 Jan 28;8:1075.
Elangovan N, Herrmann A, Konczak J. Assessing proprioceptive function: evaluating joint position matching methods against psychophysical thresholds. Phys Ther. 2014 Apr;94(4):553-61.
Aman JE, Abosch A, Bebler M, Lu CH, Konczak J. Subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation improves somatosensory function in Parkinson's disease. Mov Disord. 2014 Feb;29(2):221-8.
Musselman KE, Stoyanov CT, Marasigan R, Jenkins ME, Konczak J, Morton SM, Bastian AJ. Prevalence of ataxia in children: a systematic review. Neurology. 2014 Jan 7;82(1):80-9.
Konczak J, Abbruzzese G. Focal dystonia in musicians: linking motor symptoms to somatosensory dysfunction. Front Hum Neurosci. 2013 Jun 25;7:297.
Hirsiger S, Pickett K, Konczak J. The integration of size and weight cues for perception and action: evidence for a weight-size illusion. Exp Brain Res. 2012 Nov;223(1):137-47.
Konczak J, Pierscianek D, Hirsiger S, Bultmann U, Schoch B, Gizewski ER, Timmann D, Maschke M, Frings M. Recovery of upper limb function after cerebellar stroke: lesion symptom mapping and arm kinematics. Stroke. 2010 Oct;41(10):2191-200. Epub 2010 Sep 2.
Konczak J, Corcos DM, Horak F, Poizner H, Shapiro M, Tuite P, Volkmann J, Maschke M. Proprioception and motor control in Parkinson's disease. J Mot Behav. 2009 Nov;41(6):543-52.
Konczak J, Vander Velden H, Jaeger L. Learning to play the violin: motor control by freezing, not freeing degrees of freedom. J Mot Behav. 2009 May;41(3):243-52.
Pickett K, Konczak J. Measuring kinaesthetic sensitivity in typically developing children. J. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2009 Sep;51(9):711-6. Epub 2009 Jan 29.
Konczak J, Li KY, Tuite PJ, Poizner H. Haptic perception of object curvature in Parkinson's disease. PLoS One. 2008 Jul 9;3(7):e2625.
Konczak J, Krawczewski K, Tuite P, Maschke M. The perception of passive motion in Parkinson's disease. J Neurol. 2007 May;254(5):655-63.
Bruggeman H, Yonas A, Konczak J. The processing of linear perspective and binocular information for action and perception. Neuropsychologia. 2007;45(7):1420-6.