Meshulam and Judith Riklis Professor of Physiology


Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Field of Specialty

Spatial orientation. Human movement control. Adaptation to unusual force environments.

Contact Information

Rabb Graduate Center 4

Jim Lackner

We study human adaptation to unusual force environments including weightless and artificial gravity conditions. Both NOVA and the BBC have done programs on our research.


Kaplan J, Ventura J, Bakshi A, Pierobon A, Lackner JR, DiZio P.. "The influence of sleep deprivation and oscillating motion on sleepiness, motion sickness, and cognitive and motor performance." Auton Neurosci 202. (2017): 86-96.

Enchain J, Graves W, Anderson Z, Giovanardi M, Godwin O, Kaplan J, Ventura J, Lackner JR, DiZio P. "A jog-bandwith active suspension for motion sickness mitigation in autonomous vehicles.." SAE International Technical Paper 2016-01-1555 (2016).

Lackner, James R. "Nat Durlach and the Founding of Presence." Presence 25. Spring 2016 (2016): 161-165.

Levy-Tzedek S., Maidenbaum S., Amedi A., Lackner J.R.. "Aging and Sensory Substitution in a Virtual Navigation Task." PlosONE 11. 3 (2016): <e)151593. Diu:10.1371/journal.pone.0151593>.

Vimal V.P., Lackner J.R., DiZio P.. "Learning dynamic control of body roll orientation." Experimental Brain Research 234. 2 (2016): 483-92.

Panic H, Panic AS, DiZio P, Lackner JR. "Direction of balance and perception of the upright are perceptually dissociable." Journal of Neurophysiology 11 March 2015 DOI: 10 1152/ln.00737.2014 (2015).

Rabin E, Demin A, Pirrotta S, Chen J, Patel H, Bhambri A, Noyola E, Lackner JR, DiZio P, DiFrancisco-Donoghue J, Werner W. "Parkinsonian Gait Ameliorated With a Moving Handrail, Not With a Banister." Arch Phys Med Rehabil 96. 4 (2015): 735-41.

Bakshi A, DiZio P, Lackner JR. "Statistical Analysis of Quiet Stance Sway in 2-D." Exp Brain Res 232. (2014): 1095-1108.

Bakshi, A., Ventura, J., DiZio, P., Lackner J.R.. "Adaptation to Coriolis perturbations of voluntary body sway transfers to pre-programmed fall-recovery behavior." J. Neurophysiol. 111. (2014): 977-983.

Lackner, James R. "An earthbound perspective on orientation illusions experienced in aerospace flight." Advances in Aviation Psychology. vol. in press Ed. Flach, J, and P. Tsang (Eds). Surrey, England: Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 2014

Lackner, James R. "MOTION SICKNESS: More than nausea and vomiting." Exp Brain Res 232. 8 (2014): 2493-510.

Pigeon, P., DiZio, P., Lackner, James R. "Immediate compensation for variations in self-generated Coriolis torques related to body dynamics and carried objects.." J. Neurophysiol. 110. 6 (2013): 1370-1384.

Piovesan, D., Pierobon, A., DiZio, P., Lackner J.R.. "Experimental measure of arm stiffness during single reaching movements with a time-frequency analysis.." J. Neurophysioll 110. 10 (2013): 2484-2496.

Piovesan, D., Pierobon A., DiZio P., Lackner, James R. "Measuring multi-joint stiffness during single movements: Numerical validation of a novel Time-Frequency approach. PLos ONE. In press.." PLos ONE 7. 3 (2012).

Carriot J., Bryan A., DiZio P., Lackner J.R.. "The oculogyral illusion: retinal and oculomotor factors." Exp Brain Res 209. 3 (2011): 415-423.

Carriot J., Cian C., Paillard A., Denise P., Lackner J.R.. "Influence of multisensory graviceptive information on the apparent zenith." Exp Brain Res 208. (2011): 569-579.

Piovesan D., Pierobon A., DiZio P., Lackner J.R.. "Comparative Analysis of Methods for Estimating Arm Segment Parameters and Joint Torques from Inverse Dynamics." J Biomech Eng 133. 3 (2011).

Courses Taught

NPSY 17a Hand and Brain
NPSY 120b Man in Space
PSYC 316a Psychology Research Seminar