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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
October 20, 2017
Canadian Excellence
Dr. Michael Cinelli

Dr. Michael Cinelli

Associate Professor, Kinesiology & Physical Education

Contact Information
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Phone: 519.884.0710 ext.4217   |  lab 519.884.0710 ext.4775
Other Phone: 226-38-7396
Fax: 519.747.4594
Office Location: Bricker Academic Building, BA511
Office Hours: On Sabbatical Leave - Fall Term 2015
Languages Spoken


Academic Background
B.Sc. (Waterloo), M.Sc. (Waterloo), Ph.D. (Waterloo), Post Doctoral Fellowship (Brown)

Research Interests
My research interests lie in understanding how the brain processes information and executes skilled behaviours in every day situations.  My research has generally focused on perceptual and cognitive factors of locomotion.  More specifically on locomotion patterns in dynamically changing environments and how vision is used to direct their locomotion to avoid collisions. I measure not only body kinematics, but gaze behaviours as well in order to understand how visual inputs affect motor outputs.  I am interested in quantifying behavioural changes across a lifespan as well as differences between healthy individuals and those affected with neurological deficits that affect dynamic balance control.

Lifespan PsychoMotor Behaviour Lab


Powers, K.C., Kalmar, J.M., & Cinelli, M.E. Recovery of static stability following a concussion. Gait & Posture. doi:10.1016/j.gaitpost.2013.05.026

Hackney, A.L. and Cinelli, M.E. (2013). Action strategies used by children to avoid two vertical obstacles in non-confined space. Exp. Brain Res. doi:10.1007/s00221-013-3585-2

Hackney, A.L. and Cinelli, M.E. (2013). Young and older adults use body-scaled information during a non-confined aperture crossing task. Exp Brain Res. doi:10.1007/s00221-012-3382-3

Hackney, A.L., Vallis, L.A., and Cinelli, M.E. (2012). Action strategies of individuals during aperture crossing in unconfined space. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, doi:10.1080/17470218.2012.730532

Hackney, A.L. and Cinelli, M.E. (2012). Older adults are guided by their dynamic perceptions during aperture crossing. Gait and Posture. DOI: org/10.1016/j.gaitpost.2012.06.020

Cinelli, M.E. and Warren, W.H. (2012). Do walkers follow their heads? Investigating the role of head rotation in locomotor control. Experimental Brain Research, 219(2): 175-90.

Hackney, A.L. & Cinelli, M.E. (2011). Action strategies of older adults walking through apertures. Gait & Posture, 33(4): 733-36

Higuchi, T., Cinelli, M.E., and Patla, A.E. (2010). Gaze behavior during locomotion through apertures with extensions to the body. Human Movement Science, 28: 760771.

Cinelli, M.E., Patla, A.E., Allard, F. (2009). Behaviour and Gaze Analyses During a Goal-Directed Locomotor Task. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 62(3): 483-99.

Cinelli, M.E. and Patla, A.E. (2008). Locomotor avoidance behaviours during a visually-guided task involving an approaching object. Gait & Posture, 28(4), 596-601.

Cinelli, M.E. and Patla, A.E. (2008). Task-specific modulations of locomotor action parameters based on on-line visual information during collision avoidance with moving objects. Human Movement Science, 27(3): 513-31

Cinelli, M.E., Patla, A.E., and Stuart, B.L. (2008). Age-related differences during a gaze reorientation task while standing or walking on a treadmill. Experimental Brain Research, 185(1): 157-64

Cinelli, M.E., Patla, A.E., and Allard, F. (2008). Strategies used to walk through a moving aperture. Gait and Posture, 27: 595-602

Cinelli, M.E., Patla, A.E., and Stuart, B.L. (2007). Involvement of the head and trunk during gaze reorientation during standing and treadmill walking. Experimental Brain Research, 181(1): 183-91

Cinelli, M.E. and Patla, A.E. (2007). Travel path conditions dictate the manner in which individuals avoid collisions. Gait Posture, 26: 186-93

Higuchi, T., Cinelli, M.E., Greig, M.A., & Patla, A.E. (2006). Locomotion through apertures when wider space for locomotion is necessary: adaptation to artificially altered body dimensions. Exper. Brain Research, 175(1): 50-9.

Book and book chapter

Cinelli, M.E. (2008). Visually-guided locomotion in dynamically changing environments: How does perception guide action? Saarbrucken, Germany: VDM Verlag Dr. Muller. 156pages

Patla, A.E., Cinelli, M.E., and Grieg, M. (2006). Coupling environmental information from visual system to changes in locomotion patterns: Implications for the design of adaptable biped robots. In: Kimura, H, Tsuchiya, K., Ishiguro, A., and Witte, H. (eds.), Adaptive Motion of Animals and Machines. Springer: Japan

In the News

Print Media

Laurier Ad Campaign (2013 April 13). Inspiring Lives- Dave Inglis. Retrieved from

Platz, K. (2012 September 18). Concussion Toolbox app can help avoid deadly consequences. Retrieved from

Ontario Centres of Excellence (2012 August 9). A head for business. Retrieved from

WLU School of Business & Economics Headlines (2012, May 25). Dave Inglis wins $25,000 at the Ontario Centres of Excellence start-up competition. Retrieved from

Marengere, D. (2012 March 08). Golden helmet: Proposed Ontario law set to propel mobile concussion app. Retrieved from

Campbell, K. (2011, Nov 2). When hits to the head hit close to home. The Cord, p. 10-11

Additional Information

On Sabbatical Leave Fall 2015, returning January 2016