Jos (J.J.M.E.) Adam

Birthdate: 21-08-1959


Personal statement:

Department of Human Movement Biology and Human Movement Sciences, Section B

Maastricht University/ Maastricht University Medical Centre (MUMC+)
PO box 616 , L-6200MD, Maastricht, the Netherlands

Brief summary of research

Jos Adam earned his doctorate at the University of Alberta (Canada, 1987). His research focuses on basic and applied aspects of the human motor system (in particular arm-hand function) and cognition. Using an embodied cognition approach, his main interest is to understand how the brain controls intelligent action and cognition in a lifespan perspective. Cognition is studied in three important domains: attention, preparation, and executive function. In collaboration with colleagues from the Faculty of  Psychology and Neuroscience, Dr. Adam uses both behavioral and neuroscientific methods, including Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), pupillometry, eye movement recordings, and mental chronometry. He collaborates closely with researchers from other disciplines, as well as with clinicians, to enhance basic knowledge and, more recently, to improve cognition and motor function in healthy and impaired individuals by identifying optimal lifestyle, exercise, and nutritional conditions. Dr. Adam has published over 110 scientific papers and is an associate editor of the Journal of Cognitive Psychology. His H-factor is 25.

Ten most important publications

1.     Adam, J.J. Nieuwenstein, J. Huys, R. Paas, F., Kingma, H., Willems, P, & Werry, M. (2000). Control of rapid aimed hand movements: The one-target advantage. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 26, 295-312.

2.     Adam, J.J., Backes, W., Rijcken, J., Hofman, P., Kuipers, H., & Jolles, J. (2003). Rapid visuomotor preparation in the human brain: A functional MRI study. Cognitive Brain Research, 16, 1-10.

3.     Adam, J.J., Hommel, B., & Umiltà, C. (2003). Preparing for perception and action (I): The role of grouping in the response-cuing paradigm. Cognitive Psychology, 46, 302-358.

4.     Adam, J.J., Mol, R., Pratt, J., & Fischer, M.H. (2006). Moving farther but faster: An exception to Fitts’s Law.Psychological Science, 17, 795-799.

5.     Adam, J.J., van Houdt, H., Scholtissen, B., Visser-Vandewalle, V., Winogrodzka, A., & Duits, A. (2011). Executive control in Parkinson's disease: Effects of dopaminergic  medication and deep brain stimulation on anti-cue keypress performance. Neuroscience Letters, 500, 113-117.

6.     Adam, J.J., Buetti, S., & Kerzel, D. (2012). Coordinated flexibility: How initial gaze position modulates eye-hand coordination and reaching. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 38(4), 891-901.

7.     Van de Rest, O., Van de Zwaluw, N.L., Tieland, M., Adam, J.J., Hiddink, G.J., Van Loon, L.J.C., & de Groot, L.C.P.G.M. (2014) Effect of resistance-type exercise training with or without protein supplementation on cognitive functioning in frail and pre-frail elderly: Secondary analysis of a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.Mechanisms of Ageing & Development, Vol.136-137, 85-93

8.     Adam, J.J., Jennings, S., Bovend’Eerdt, T.J.H., Hurks, P., & van Gerven, P.W.M. (2015). Switch hands! Measuring temporal dynamics of proactive manual control with anticues. Acta Psychologica, 161, 137-144.

9.     Adam, J.J., Bovend’Eerdt, T.J.H., Schuhmann, T., & Sack, A.T. (2016). Allocentric coding in ventral and dorsal routes during real-time reaching: Evidence from imaging-guided multi-site brain stimulation. Behavioural Brain Research,300, 143-149.

10.  van Gerven, P.W.M., Hurks, P., Bovend’Eerdt,T.J.H., & Adam, J.J. (in press). Switch hands! Mapping proactive and reactive cognitive control across the life span. Developmental Psychology.




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