Juergen Konczak, PhD

Professor, Biomechanics and Neuromotor Control

Areas of Interest: Movement neuroscience, biomechanics, clinical movement science
Contact Information

School of Kinesiology

400 Cooke Hall
1900 University Ave S E
Minneapolis, 55455


Graduate education faculty

Director, Human Sensorimotor Control Laboratory

Director, Center for Clinical Movement Science

Faculty, Center for Cognitive Sciences

Faculty, Neuroscience Program

Adjunct Professor of Neurology


Courses in biomechanics, movement neuroscience, motor control and motor learning.

Research interest

Neurological movement disorders, motor learning after brain injury, motor development in infancy and childhood.

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Research activity

Editorial board, Journal of Neurophysiology
Editorial board, Journal of Motor Behavior
Associate editor, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

1998 Habilitation, Psychology, Universität Düsseldorf, Germany
1991 Ph.D., Kinesiology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, U.S.A.
1985 M.S., Sport & Exercise Science, University of Idaho, Moscow, U.S.A.
1984 B.A., Philosophy, Sport Science, Universität Münster, Germany

Selected Publications
  1. For a full list of publications visit: http://hsc.umn.edu/Publications.html

  2. Burciu RG, Fritsche N, Granert O, Schmitz L, Spönemann M, Konczak J, Theysohn N, Gerwig M, van Eimeren T, Timmann D (2013). Brain changes associated with postural training in patients with cerebellar degeneration: a voxel based morphometry study. Journal of Neuroscience. Mar 6;33(10):4594-4604. Abstract

  3. Konczak J., Avanzino L., Sciutti A., Squeri V., Gori, M., Masia L., Abbruzzese G., Sandini G. (2012) Parkinson's disease accelerates age related decline in haptic perception by altering somatosensory integration. Brain, Nov;135(Pt 11), 3371-3379. Abstract

  4. Squeri V, Sciutti A, Gori M, Masia L, Sandini G, Konczak J. (2012). Two Hands, One Perception: How Bimanual Haptic Information Is Combined by the Brain. Journal of Neurophysiology. Jan;107(2):544-50. Abstract

  5. Konczak J., Pierschanek D., Hirsiger S., Bultmann U., Schoch B., Gizewski E., Timmann D., Maschke M., Frings M. (2010). Recovery of upper limb function after cerebellar stroke: lesion symptom mapping and arm kinematics. Stroke Oct;41(10):2191-2200. Full-text [PDF]

  6. Li KY., Pickett K., Nestrasil I., Tuite PJ., Konczak J. (2010). The effect of dopamine replacement therapy on haptic sensitivity in Parkinson's disease. Journal of Neurology, Dec;257(12), 1992-1998. Full-text [PDF]

  7. Pickett, K., Konczak, J. (2009). Measuring kinaesthetic sensitivity in normally developing children. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, Sep;51(9), 711-716. Abstract, Full-text [PDF]

  8. Konczak J., Li, K.Y., Tuite, P.J., Poizner, H. (2008). Haptic perception of object curvature in Parkinson's disease. PloS ONE, Jul 9;3(7):e2625. Abstract, Full-text [PDF]

  9. Konczak J., Krawczewski K., Tuite P.J., Maschke, M. (2007). The perception of passive motion in Parkinson's disease. Journal of Neurology, 254(5), 655-663. Abstract

  10. Konczak J., Timmann, D. (2007). The effect of damage to the cerebellum on sensorimotor and cognitive function in children and adolescents. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Review, 31, 1101-1113.

  11. Maschke M., Tuite P.J., Krawczewski K., Pickett K., Konczak J. (2006). Perception of heaviness in Parkinson's disease. Movement Disorders, Jul; 21(7), 1013-1018. Abstract, Full-text [PDF]

  12. Konczak J., Schoch B., Dimitrova A., Gizewski E., Timmann D. (2005). Functional recovery of children and adolescents after cerebellar tumor resection. Brain, 128 (Pt 6), 1428-1441. Full-text [PDF]

  13. Maschke M., Tuite P.J., Pickett K., Wächter T., Konczak J. (2005). The effect of subthalamic nucleus stimulation on kinaesthesia in Parkinson's disease. Journal of Neurosurgery, Neurology and Psychiatry, 76, 569-571. Abstract, Full-text [PDF]

  14. Maschke M, Gomez C.M., Ebner T.J., & Konczak J. (2004). Hereditary cerebellar ataxia progressively impairs force-adaptation during goal-directed arm movements. Journal of Neurophysiology, 91, 230-238. Abstract, Full-text [PDF]

  15. Metta, G., Sandini, G., & Konczak, J. (1999). A developmental approach to visually-guided reaching in artificial systems. Neural Networks, 12, 1413-1427. Abstract, Full-text [PDF]

  16. Konczak, J., & Dichgans, J. (1997). The development toward stereotypic arm kinematics during reaching in the first three years of life. Experimental Brain Research, 117, 346-354. Abstract, Full-text [PDF]