Ruud Meulenbroek - Prof. dr.

Researcher at Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour

Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands


Prof. dr. R.G.J. Meulenbroek

Donders Centre for Cognition

P.O. Box 9104, 6500 HE  Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Tel:  +31.24.361.6031


Since 1996 I have been teaching psychology courses at the Radboud University.

Between 2006-2013 I was director of the two-year Research Master Programme Cognitive Neuroscience.

Since 2007 I am heading a personal chair Psychology of Movement and Sport.

Between 2013-2020 I was director of the School of Psychology and Artificial Intelligence.

Since 1-Feb-2023 I am interim director of the Research Master Programme Cognitive Neuroscience.



Perception, Action and Development (with Rob van Lier, Arno Koning, and Sabine Hunnius)


Human Motor Control and Sport (with Pieter Medendorp, Jurjen Bosga, and Derrick Brown)


Motor control (with Pieter Medendorp and Luc Selen)



Academic Writing
Advanced Academic and Professional Skills


Since 1984 I have been involved in motor control research, in particular in studies on the information processes that underlie goal-directed arm, hand and finger movements. Following an investigation of handwriting acquisition, I studied the biomechanical and cognitive determinants of sequencing in drawing. In the 1990s my research turned to joint coordination in reaching and grasping. Together with David Rosenbaum (Pennstate University, PA, USA), Jonathan Vaughan (Hamilton College, NY, USA) and Chris Jansen, I developed a computational model of joint coordination capable of simulating aiming, grasping, drawing, and handwriting movements. More recently my research interests and that of my close colleagues extended to motor control and joint action, in particular how in shared task performance such as in sports, people learn to take into account the intentions and movements of their partners. Applied contexts in which the latter processes have been studied are equestrian sports, and physical therapy, where the movements of therapist and patient are being scrutinized in learning paradigms for diagnostic, treatment and assessment purposes. Kinematic assessments of movement stability and flexibility are currently also extended to lower limb movements and Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) in sports and performing arts, i.e. dance (duets).



Handwriting development and training 

Funded by the Radboud University


Sequencing in drawing

Funded by The Dutch National Science Foundation (NWO)


Sequencing and coordination in complex human movements

Funded by The Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)


Object manipulation from a perception-action perspective

Research programme funded by The Dutch National Science Foundation (NWO)

in collaboration with the universities of Utrecht, Amsterdam and Maastricht


Apprehending the effects of alignment and orientation illusions on human action 

Funded by the Faculty of Social Sciences (Radboud University)


Joint Action Science and Technology
Funded by the European Commission (Robotics)


Donders Graduate School for Cognitive Neuroscience

Prestiguous grant


Neuromotor flexibility following trauma to the lower extremities
Funded by the HAN University of Applied Sciences in Nijmegen


Joint Action Coordination Dynamics in Professional Dance

Funded by the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour


Risk Assessment in Repetitive Strain Injury

HealthPAC: Perception and Action in Health and Disease (PITN-GA-2013-604063)

You can find a list of downloadable publications here.


Radboud University

School of Psychology and Artificial Intelligence

Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour

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