305-C BLOC
Ph.D., Complex Systems, Florida Atlantic University (1996)
M.A., Experimental Psychology, Florida Atlantic University (1992)
B.A., Psychology, University of Texas at San Antonio (1985)
Research Interests
Balance and Posture
Bimanual coordination
Multi-joint arm control
Observational learning
Rapid aiming - perception
  • Professor, Depertment of Health and Kinesiology, Texas A&M University, 8/05 to present
  • Faculty of Neuoscience, Texas A&M University, 8/07 to present
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Kinesiology, Texas A&M University, 5/99 to 8/05
  • NIH-NIDCD Post-doctoral Fellow, Neurological Sciences Institute, Oregon Health Sciences University, Human Posture and Postural Disorders Laboratory, 4/96-4/99
  • NIHM Pre-doctoral Fellow, Neuroscience Training Grant in Complex Systems and Brain Sciences, Human Brain and Behavior Laboratory, 8/89-12/95
KINE406. Mtr Learn And Skill Perf
KINE485. Directed Studies
KINE491. Research
KINE681. Seminar
KINE684. Professional Internship
KINE685. Directed Studies
KINE689. Sptp:anlys Hum Kine Data
KINE689. Special Topics In Obs Motr Skill Learning
KINE689. Special Topics In Slf-organizational Hmn Prc/prf
KINE689. Special Topics In Hist Motor Neurosc

Inchon Park (Fall 2018)
Noah Dean (Fall 2009)
Tiffany Michelle Rodriguez (Spring 2009)
Young Uk Ryu (Spring 2007)

Journal Articles
Buchanan, J.J., Park, I., Chen, J., Mehta, R., McCulloch, A., Rhee, J., & Wright, D.L. (2018). Expert monitoring and verbal feedback as sources of performance pressure, Acta Psychologica, 186, 39-46.
Park, I., & Buchanan, J.J. (2018). Motor skill Learning and the Development of Visual Perception Processes Supporting Action Identification, Journal of Motor Behavior, 50, 566-578
Buchanan, J.J. & Park, I. (2017). Observation and physical practice: Different practice contexts lead to similar outcomes for the acquisition of kinematic information. Psychological Research, 81, 83-98.
Buchanan, J.J., Park, I., Chen, J., Wright D.L, & Mehta, R. (2017). Bimanual coordination patterns are stabilized under monitoring pressure, Experimental Brain Research, 235, 1909-1918.
Robson, N., Faller, J.F. II, Ahir, V., Ferreira, R.D.M., Buchanan, J., & Banerjee, A. (2017). Creating a Virtual Perception for Upper Limb Rehabilitation. International Journal of Biomedical and Biological Engineering, 4, 152-157
Shea C., Buchanan, J.J., & Kennedy, D. (2016). Perception and action influences on discrete and reciprocal bimanual coordination. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 23, 361-386.
Wright, D.L., Verwey, W., Buchanan, J., Chen, J., Rhee, J., & Maarteen, I. (2016). Consolidating behavioral and neurophysiologic findings to explain the influence of contextual interference during motor sequence training. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 23, 1-21.
Buchanan, J.J. (2015). Perceptual estimates of motor skill proficiency are constrained by the stability of coordination pattern. Journal of Motor Behavior, 47, 453-464.
Buchanan, J.J., *Ramos, J. & Robson, N. (2015). The perception-action dynamics of action competency are altered by both physical and observational training. Experimental Brain Research, 233: 1289-1305.
Shea, C.H., Buchanan, J.J., & Kennedy, D.M. (In Press). Perceptual, attentional, and neural influences on discrete and continuous bimanual coordination. Psychonomics
Buchanan, J.J. & Dean, N. (2014). Consistently Modeling the same movement stategy is more important than model skill level in observational learning contexts. Acta Psychologica, 146, 19-27. Impact Factor: 3.016 (Index Used: Social Science)
Buchanan, J.J. (2013). Flexibilty in the control of rapid aiming actions. Experimental Brain Research, 229, 47-60
Buchanan, J.J. & Ryu, Y.U. (2012). Scaling movement amplitude: adaptation of timing and amplitude control in a bimanual task. Journal of Motor Behavior, 44, 135-147
Buchanan, J.J. & Wang, C. (2012). Overcoming the guidance effect in motor skill learning. Feedback all the time can be beneficial. Experimental Brain Research, 219, 305-320
Moon, H., Robson, N., Langari, R. & Buchanan, J.J. (2012). Experimental observations on human arm motion planning under an elbow joint constraint. IEEE EMBS, 3870-3873
Moon, H., Robson, N., Langari, R. & Buchanan, J.J. (2012). How does the central nervous system govern motions with reduced arm mobility. American Society for Mechanical Engineers, 1-10
Ryu, Y.U. & Buchanan, J.J. (2012). Accuracy, stability, and corrective behavior in a visuomotor tracking task: A preliminary study. Plos One, 7, 1-6
Buchanan, J.J. & Wright, D.L. (2011). Transfer of amplitudes and timing patterns following observational practice with a multijoint limb task. Acta Psychologica, 136,167-178
Kim, W., Buchanan, J.J. & Gabbard, C. (2011). Constraints on arm selection processes when reaching: degrees of freedom and joint amplitudes interact to influence limb selection. Journal of Motor Behavior, 43(5), 403-411
Buchanan, J.J., & Dean, N. (2010). Specificity in practice benefits learning in novice models and variability in demonstration benefits observational practice. Psychological Research, 74, 313-320.
Kovacs, A., Buchanan, J.J., & Shea, C. H (2010). Impossible is nothing! 5:3 and 4:3 multi-frequency bimanual coordination. Experimental Brain Research, 201, 249-259.
Kovacs, A., Buchanan, J.J. & Shea, C. H (2010). Perceptual and attentional influences on continuous 2:1 and 3:2 multi-frequency bimanual coordination. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 36, 936-954.
Rodriguez, T., Buchanan, J.J., & Ketchum, C. (2010). Identifying leading joint strategies in a bimanual coordination task: Does stability depend on leading joint? Journal of Motor Behavior, 42, 49-60. (135 points requested, Rodriguez, I was student's adviser, Social Science IF = 1.756)
Buchanan, J.J., & Dean, N. (2009). Specificity in practice benefits learning in novice models and variability in demonstration benefits observational practice. Psychological Research.
Kovacs, A., Buchanan, J.J. & Shea, C.H. (2009). Bimanual 1:1 with 90 continuous phase : Difficult or Easy?. Experimental Brain Research, 193, 129-136
Kovacs, A., Buchanan, J.J., & Shea, C.H. (2009). Using scanning trials to assess intrinsic coordination dynamics. Neuroscience Letters, 455, 162-167.
Kovacs, A.J., Buchanan, J.J., & Shea,Kovacs, A.J., Han, D-W., & Shea, C.H. (2009). The representation of movement sequences is related to task characteristics. Acta Psychologica, 132, 54-61.
Ryu, Y.U., & Buchanan, J.J. (2009). The impact of visuomotor congruency on learning an environment-actor coordination skill. Experimental Brain Research, 196, 279-293.
Buchanan, J.J., Ryu, Y., Wright D.L. & Zilhman, K. (2008). Observational learning of relative and absolute motion features in a single-limb multi-joint coordination task. Experimental Brain Research, 191: 157-169.
Kovacs, A., Buchanan, J.J. & Shea, C.H. (2008). Perceptual influences on Fitts law. Experimental Brain Research, 190: 99-103.
Van Ooteghem, K., Frank, J.S., Allard, F., Buchanan, J.J., Oates, A.R. & Horak, F.B. (2008). Compensatory postural adaptations during continuous, Variable amplitude perturbations reveal generalized rather than sequence specific learning. Experimental Brain Research, 187: 603-611.
Buchanan, J.J., Zihlman, K.A., Ryu, Y.U., & Wright, D.A. (2007). Learning and transfer of a relative phase pattern and amplitude ratio in a multijoint task. Journal of Motor Behavior, 39: 49-67.
Kim, W.D., Gabbard, C., Ryu, Y. & Buchanan, J.J. (2007). Examining the kinematics of limb transition in reaching. Journal of Motor Behavior, 39:451-456.
Buchanan, J.J. & Ryu, Y.U. (2006). 1:1 and polyrythmic temporal coordination in bimanual circle tracing. Journal of Motor Behavior, 38: 163-184.
Buchanan, J.J., Shea, C.H., & Park J-H. (2006). Target Width Scaling in a Repetitive Aiming Task: Switching Between Cyclical and Discrete Units of Action. Experimental Brain Research, 175:710-725.
Buchanan, J.J. & Ryu, Y.U. (2005). The interaction of tactile information and movement amplitude on a multijoint bimanual circle-tracing task: Phase transitions and loss of stability. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology-A: Human Performance, 58A: 769-787.
Buchanan, J.J. (2004). Learning a single limb multi-joint coordination pattern: The impact of a mechanical constraint on the coordination dynamics of learning and transfer. Experimental Brain Research, 156, 39-54.
Buchanan, J.J., Park, J.H., & Shea, C.H. (2004). Systematically scaling target width: Dynamics, planning, and feedback. Neuroscience Letters, 367, 317-322.
Ryu, Y.U. & Buchanan, J.J. (2004). Amplitude scaling in a bimanual circle drawing task: Pattern switching and end-effector variability. Journal of Motor Behavior, 36, 265-279.
Buchanan, J.J. & Horak, F.B. (2003). Voluntary control of postural equilibrium patterns. Behavioral Brain Research, 143: 121-140.
Buchanan, J.J., Park, J-H., Ryu, Y.U. & Shea, C.H. (2003). Discrete and cyclical units of action in a mixed target-pairing task. Experimental Brain Research, 150: 473-489.
Buchanan, J.J. & Horak, F.B. (2002). Vestibular loss disrupts control of head and trunk on a sinusoidally moving platform. Journal of Vestibular-Equilibrium Research, 11:371-389.
Buchanan, J.J., Ryu, Y.U., Park, J.H., & Shea, C.H. (2002). Continuous and segmented motions in lopsided Fitts task. Journal of Sport and Exercise, 24, S39.
Horak, F.B., Buchanan, J.J., Creath, R., & Jeka, J. (2002). Vestibulospinal control of posture. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 508, 139-145.
Park, J.H., Shea, C.H., Buchanan, J.J., & Ryu, Y.W. (2002). Reciprocal aiming movements: Effects of mixed target pairings on movement symmetry. Journal of Sport and Exercise, 24, S103.
Ryu, Y.W. & Buchanan, J.J. (2002). Movement amplitude as a control parameter in bimanual circle drawing. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 23, S107.
Buchanan, J.J. & Horak, F.B. (2001). Transitions in postural coordination: Does the recruitment and suppression of degrees of Freedom stablize posture? Experimental Brain Research, 139, 482-494.
Buchanan, J.J. & Horak, F.B. (1999). Emergence of postural patterns as a function of vision and translation frequency. Journal of Neurophysiology, 81,2325-2339.
Buchanan, J.J. & Kelso, J.A.S. (1999). To switch or not to switch: Recruitment of degrees of freedom stabilizes biological coordination. Journal of Motor Behavior, 31, 126-144.
Book Chapters
Buchanan, J.J. (2016). The coordination dynamics of observational learning: relative motion direction and relative phase as informational content linking action-perception to action-production. In J. Laczko & M. Latash (Eds.) Progress in Motor Control: Theories and Translations (Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology 957) Springer, Cham Switzerland, pgs. 209-228
Moon, H., Robson, N., Langari, R. & Buchanan, J.J. (2015). Experimental observations on human reaching motion planning with and without reduced mobility. In W. Adams (Ed.) Robotics Research and Technology, Robot Kinematics and Motion Planning, Nova Science Publishers (ebook), ISBN: 978-1-63483-391-2
Shea, C.H., Kovacs, A.J., & Buchanan, J.J. (2009). Perceptual and Attentional Influences on Bimanual Coordination. In A. Moral (Ed.), Art in Motion: Musical and Athletic Motor Learning and Performance, Peter Lang: Frankfurt, pp. 227-253.

Planning Grant: Engineering Research Center for Human Interactive Technologies (HIT)
PI. California State University Fullerton Auxiliary Service Corporation (Private)
2019-09-01 — 2020-08-31
Catapult #5
2018-11-01 — 2020-05-01
Rhythmic Body-weightSsupported Weight-shift Therapy with Augmented Sensory Feedback for the Gait Rehabilitation after Spinal Cord Injury
Co-PI. The Morton Cure Paralysis Fund (Private)
2018-11-01 — 2019-10-31
NRI: FND: COLLAB: Cloud-based Robotic Limb Creation Using Augmented Reality Perception and Human Motor Control
Co-PI. National Science Foundation (Federal)
2018-09-01 — 2021-08-31
Non-Invasive Modulation of the Dopaminergic Midbrain and the Influence on Motor Learning
Co-PI (). TAMU T3 (State)
2018-04-01 — 2020-03-31
Catapult Round 2 - Enhancing Learning, Facilitating Health! The Neural Underpinning of Acquiring Maintaining, and Recovering Skills (Funded amount $45,360)
Co-PI (). TAMU College of Education & Human Development (State)
2016-05-01 — 2017-05-31
Exoskeleton based Stroke Rehabilitation with Augmented Reality
Co-PI. Qatar National Fund (Private)
2014-10-01 — 2017-09-30
Collaborative Research: ARWED - Augmented Perception for Upper-Limb Rehabilitation
Co-PI. National Science Foundation (Federal)
2014-08-15 — 2018-07-31
Collaborative Proposals: ARWED-Augmented Perception for Upper-Limb Rehabilitation
Co-PI. National Science Foundation (Federal)
2013-04-01 — 2016-03-31
Collaborative Proposals: ARWED-Augmented Perception for Upper-Limb Rehabilitation
Co-PI. National Science Foundation (Federal)
2011-09-01 — 2014-08-31
The Development of Discrete and Cyclical Units of Action
PI. National Science Foundation (Federal)
2008-04-01 — 2011-03-31
Coordination Dynamics of Physical and Observational Learning
PI. National Science Foundation (Federal)
2007-09-01 — 2010-08-30
Development of Discrete and Cyclical Motor Skills
PI. National Science Foundation (Federal)
2007-05-01 — 2010-04-30
The Dynamics of Learning and Transferring a Multijoint Coordination Pattern
PI. National Science Foundation (Federal)
2006-09-01 — 2009-08-31
The Dynamics of Learning and Transferring a Multijoint Coordination Pattern
PI. National Science Foundation (Federal)
2005-09-01 — 2008-08-31
Discrete and Cyclical Units of Action in Rapid Aiming Motions: Selection, Integration, and Switching
PI. National Science Foundation (Federal)
2005-06-01 — 2007-05-31
Effects of Static and Dynamic Task Constraints on Sequences of Aimed Movements
PI. National Science Foundation (Federal)
2004-09-01 — 2006-08-31
Selection, Integration, and Switching Between Basic Units of Action in Aimed Movements
PI. National Science Foundation (Federal)
2004-02-01 — 2005-01-31
Reaching and Postural Stability Under Normal and Impaired Conditions: Perceptual and Motor Processes
PI. Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (State)
2002-01-01 — 2004-01-01

Assessment Coordinator. Motor Behaviour. (2010)
Committee Chair. International MS Student. (2013)
Secretary/Treasurer. North American Society for the Pscyhology of Sport and Physical Activity. (2010)