Associate Professor of Psychology


Ph.D., Brandeis University

Field of Specialty

Human spatial orientation; posture and balance; movement control and coordination; sensory-motor adaptation; motor learning; motor development; multi-sensory interactions; space perception; space flight physiology; artificial gravity; human factors in virtual environments; motion sickness.

Contact Information

Rabb Graduate Center 5

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Paul DiZio

We investigate basic biomechanical, physiological and psychological mechanisms of human motor control and spatial orientation. Practical applications of interest include development of motor control and posture across the lifespan, assessment and rehabilitation of movement disorders, disorders of movement in autism, prevention of falls in aging, vestibular loss and other clinical conditions, and predicting and circumventing degradation of perception and performance in unusual force environments including space flight, artificial gravity, aerobatic flight, autonomous vehicles, and virtual environments, and development of brain-computer interfaces.


Lackner JR, DiZio P. "Vestibular, Proprioceptive, and Haptic Contributions to Spatial Orientation." The Stevens’ Handbook of Experimental Psychology. Fourth Edition ed. vol. Volume Two: Sensation, Perception, and Attention Ed. Serences J. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 2017 (forthcoming)

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.." Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical 202. (2017): 86-96.

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

Vimal, V. P., Lackner, J. R., DiZio, P.. "Learning dynamic control of body roll orientation." Experimental Brain Research 234. 2 (2016): 483-492.

DiZio P, Lackner JR, Champney, RK. "Proprioceptive adaptation and aftereffects." Handbook of Virtual Environments: Design, Implementation, and Applications. Second ed. Ed. Stanney K. New York: Taylor & Francis, 2015. 835-856.

Panic H, Panic AS, DiZio P, Lackner JR. "Direction of balance and perception of the upright are perceptually dissociable.." J Neurophysiol jn 00737 02014. (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): 735-741.

Bakshi A, DiZio P, Lackner JR. "Statistical analysis of quiet stance sway in 2-D." Experimental Brain Research 232. 4 (2014): 1095-1108..

Bakshi A, Ventura J, DiZio P, & Lackner JR. "Adaptation to Coriolis perturbations of voluntary body sway transfers to preprogrammed fall-recovery behavior." J. Neurophysiol. 111. 5 (2014): 977-983..

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

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

Piovesan D, Pierobon A, DiZio P, Lackner JR. "Measuring multi-joint stiffness during single movements: Numerical validation of a novel Time-Frequency approach." PLoS One 7. 3 (2012): e33086.

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

Piovesan D, Pierobon A, DiZio P, Lackner JR.. "Comparative analysis of methods for estimating arm segment parameters and joint torques from inverse dynamics.." J Biomech Eng. 133. 3 (2011): (Epub ahead of print).

Bortolami SB, Inglis JT, Castellani S, DiZio P, Lackner JR.. "Influence of galvanic vestibular stimulation on postural recovery during sudden falls.." Exp Brain Res 205. 1 (2010): 123-129.

Lackner, J. R. DiZio, P.. "Audiogravic and oculogravic illusions represent a unified spatial remapping." Exp Brain Res 202. 2 (2010): 513-518.

Lackner JR, DiZio P. "Angular Displacement Perception Modulated by Force Background." Exp Brain Res 195. 2 (2009): 335-343.

Lackner JR, DiZio P. "Control and calibration of multi-segment reaching movements." Adv Exp Med Biol 629. (2009): 681-698.

Piovesan D, DiZio P, Lackner JR.. A new time-frequency approach to estimate single joint upper limb impedance. Proc. of Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2009.

Bortolami, S. B., Pigeon, P., DiZio, P, Lackner, J. R.. "Dynamics model for analyzing reaching movements during active and passive torso rotation." Exp Brain Res 187. (2008): 525-534.

Bortolami, S. B., Pigeon, P., DiZio, P, Lackner, J. R.. "Kinetic analysis of arm reaching movements during voluntary and passive rotation of the torso." Exp Brain Res 187. (2008): 509-523.

Carriot J, DiZio P, Nougier V. "Vertical frames of reference and control of body orientation." Neurophysiol Clin 38. (2008): 423-437.

Bryan, A. S., Bortolami, S. B., Ventura, J., Dizio, P., Lackner, J. R.. "Influence of gravitoinertial force level on the subjective vertical during recumbent yaw axis body tilt." Exp Brain Res 183. 3 (2007): 389-397.

Lackner JR, DiZio P., Windhorst U, Binder M, Hirokawa N. "Motion Sickness.." Encyclopedic Reference of Neuroscience. CD ROM ed. 2007.

Lackner JR, DiZio P., Windhorst U, Binder M, Hirokawa N. "Proprioception: Effect of gravity.." Encyclopedic Reference of Neuroscience. CD ROM ed. 2007.

Bortolami SB, Pierobon A, DiZio P, Lackner JR.. "Localization of the subjective vertical during roll, pitch, and recumbent yaw body tilt.." Exp Brain Res. 173. 3 (2006): 364-373.

Bortolami SB, Rocca S, Daros S, DiZio P, Lackner JR.. "Mechanisms of human static spatial orientation.." Exp Brain Res. 173. 3 (2006): 374-88.

Lackner JR, DiZio P. "Space motion sickness.." Experimental Brain Research 175. 3 (2006): 377-399.

Rabin E, DiZio P, Lackner JR.. "Time course of haptic stabilization of posture.." Experimental Brain Research 170:. (2006): 122-126.

Wright WG, DiZio P, Lackner JR.. "Perceived self-motion in two visual contexts: dissociable mechanisms underlie perception.." Journal of Vestibular Research 16. 1-2 (2006): 23-28.

DiZio,Paul; with J.R. Lackner, ed. K. Stanney. "Proprioceptive adaptation and aftereffects." Handbook of Virtual Environments (2002): 751-771.

DiZio,Paul, with J.R. Lackner and E. Rabin. "Stabilization of posture by precision touch of the index finger: Role of surface area and spatial stability." Experimental Brain Research 139. (2001): 454-464.

DiZio,Paul, with J.R. Lackner, R.M. Held, B. Shinn-Cunningham. "Gravitoinertial force magnitude and direction influence head-centric auditory localization." Journal of Neurophysiology 85. (2001): 2455-2460.

DiZio,Paul, with J.R. Lackner. "Coriolis force induced trajectory and endpoint in the reaching movements of labyrinthine defective subjects." Journal of Neurophysiology 85. (2001): 784-789.

DiZio,Paul, with J.R. Lackner. "Human orientation and movement control in weightlessness and artificial gravity environments." Experimental Brain Research 130. (2000): 2-26.

DiZio,Paul, with J.R. Lackner, J.J. Jeka, F. Horak, D. Krebs. "Precision contact of the fingertip reduces postural sway of individuals with bilateral vestibular loss." Experimental Brain Research 126. (1999): 459-466.

DiZio,Paul, with J.R. Lackner and L. Matin. "Combined influences of gravitoinertial force level and visual field pitch on visually perceived eye level." Journal of Vestibular Research 7. 2 (1997): 1-12.

DiZio,Paul with J.R. Lackner. "Rapid adaptation to Coriolis force perturbations of arm trajectory." Journal of Neurophysiology 72. 1 (1995): 299-313.

DiZio,Paul, with J.R. Lackner. "Motor adaptation to Coriolis force perturbations of reaching movements: Endpoint but not trajectory adaptation transfers to the non-exposed arm." Journal of Neurophysiology 74. 4 (1995): 1787-1792.

DiZio,Paul, with J.R. Lackner. "Influence of gravitoinertial force level on vestibular and visual velocity storage in yaw and pitch." Vision Research 32 (1992): 111-120.

Courses Taught

NPSY 16a Motor Control
PSYC 51a Statistics
PSYC 300a Proseminar in Brain, Body, and Behavior I