My name is Matt Boisgontier and I am a neuroscientist, a kinesiologist, and a physiotherapist. I achieved a PhD from the University of Grenoble in 2012 (France). Then, I did a 5-year postdoc at Leuven University (Belgium) and a 1-year postdoc at the University of British Columbia (Canada), both supported by the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO). I am passionate about physical activity, health, aging, and how the brain works but am always happy to work on other topics. I aim to do open, robust, and replicable science, and to collaborate with clever researchers who are also good people. I do my best to support open-science practices and am a proud steering board member at SportRχiv.



  • 56- Caldwell AR, Nuckols G, Boardley ID, Schmidt J, Tenan MS, Skarabot J, Radel R, Naughton M, Schoenfeld BJ, Lahti J, Twomey R, Lohse KR, DMellor DT, Kreutzer A, Lahart IM, Mills JP, Morin JB, Dieter BP, Chow ZR, Bouza B, Zenko Z, Neva JL, Severin RS, Boisgontier MP, Steele J, Nunan D, Contreras B, Haun CT, Rosa-Caldwell ME, BRoberts BM, Cheval B, Miller MW, Knudson D, Peters S, Halperin I, Vigotsky AD.
    Moving sport and exercise science forward: A call for the adoption of more transparent research practices.
    SportRxiv 2019, Preprint.
  • 55- Cheval B, Orsholits D, Sieber S, Courvoisier DS, Cullati S, Boisgontier MP.
    Cognitive resources explain engagement in physical activity and its age-related decline: A longitudinal study of 105,206 people.
    SportRxiv 2019, Preprint. doi: 10.31236/osf.io/pagx6
  • 54- Boisgontier MP, Orsholits D, von Arx M, Sieber S, Courvoisier DS, Iversen MD, Cullati S, Cheval B.
    Physical activity cancels the negative impact of adverse childhood experiences and depression on functional dependence.
    SportRxiv 2019, Preprint. doi: 10.31236/osf.io/ms2u7
  • 53- Bolmont M, Bianchi-Demicheli F, Boisgontier MP, Cheval B.
    The woman’s (not the man’s) body is used to evaluate sexual desire: an eye-tracking study of automatic visual attention.
    Journal of Sexual Medicine 2019, Accepted.
  • 52- Sieber S, Cheval B, Orsholits D, Van der Linden BW, Guessous I, Gabriel R, Kliegel M, Aartsen MJ, Boisgontier MP, Courvoisier D, Burton-Jeangros C, Cullati S.
    Welfare regimes modify the effect of disadvantaged adult-life socioeconomic circumstances on self-rated health in old age.
    International Journal of Epidemiology 2019, Accepted. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyy283
  • 51- Cheval B, Chabert C, Sieber S, Orsholits D, Cooper R, Guessous I, Blane D, Kliegel M, Courvoisier DS, Kelly-Irving M, Boisgontier MP, Cullati S.
    The association between adverse childhood experiences and muscle strength in older age.
    Gerontology 2019 doi: 10.1159/000494972
  • 50- Cheval B, Chabert C, Orsholits D, Sieber S, Guessous I, Blane D, Kliegel M, Janssens JP, Burton-Jeangros C, Pison C, Courvoisier DS, Boisgontier MP*, Cullati S*.
    Disadvantaged early-life socioeconomic circumstances are associated with low respiratory function in older age.
    The Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences & Medical Sciences. 2019 doi: 10.1093/gerona/gly177
  • 49- Aljoscha Landös A, von Arx M, Cheval B, Sieber S, Kliegel M, Gabriel R, Orsholits D, van der Linden BWA, Blane D, Boisgontier MP, Courvoisier DS, Guessous I, Burton-Jeangros C, Cullati S.
    Childhood socioeconomic circumstances and disability trajectories in older men and women: a European cohort study.
    European Journal of Public Health 2019 doi: 10.1093/eurpub/cky166
  • 48- Cheval B, Tipura E, Burra N, Chanal J, Orsholits D, Radel R, Boisgontier MP.
    Avoiding sedentary behaviors requires more cortical resources than avoiding physical activity: An EEG study.
    Neuropsychologia 2018, 119:68-80. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2018.07.029
  • 47- Cheval B, Radel R, Neva JL, Boyd LA, Swinnen SP, Sander D, Boisgontier MP.
    Behavioral and neural evidence of the rewarding value of exercise behaviors: A systematic review.
    Sports Medicine 2018, 48:1389-1404. doi: 10.1007/s40279-018-0898-0
  • 46- Boisgontier MP, Cheval B, van Ruitenbeek P, Cuypers K, Leunissen I, Sunaert S, Meesen R, Zivari Adab H, Renaud O, Swinnen SP.
    Cerebellar grey matter explains bimanual coordination performance in children and older adults.
    Neurobiology of Aging 2018, 65:109-120. doi: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2018.01.016
  • 45- Bonifazi P, Erramuzpe A, Diez I, Gabilondo I, Boisgontier MP, Pauwels L, Stramaglia S, Swinnen SP, Cortes J.
    Structure-function multi-scale connectomics reveals a major role of the fronto-striato-thalamic circuit in brain aging.
    Human Brain Mapping 2018, 39:4663-4677. doi: 10.1002/hbm.24312
  • 44- Zivari Adab H, Chalavi S, Beets IAM, Gooijers J, Leunissen I, Cheval B, Collier Q, Sijbers J, Jeurissen B, Swinnen SP, Boisgontier MP.
    White matter microstructural organization of interhemispheric pathways predicts different stages of bimanual coordination learning in young and older adults.
    European Journal of Neuroscience 2018, 47:446–459. doi: 10.1111/ejn.13841
  • 43- Cheval B, Sieber S, Guessous I, Orsholits D, Courvoisier DS, Kliegel M, Stringhini S, Swinnen SP, Burton-Jeangros C, Cullati S, Boisgontier MP.
    Effect of early- and adult-life socioeconomic circumstances on physical inactivity.
    Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 2018, 50:476-485. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000001472
  • 42- Lavrysen A, Levin O, Boisgontier MP, Elliott D, Helsen WF.
    Effects of wrist tendon vibration and eye movements on manual aiming.
    Experimental Brain Research 2018, 236:847-857. doi: 10.1007/s00221-018-5180-z
  • 41- Corporaal SHA, Bruijn S, Hoogkamer W, Chalavi S, Boisgontier MP, Duysens J, Swinnen SP, Gooijers J.
    Different neural substrates for precision stepping and fast online step adjustments in youth.
    Brain Structure & Function 2018, 223:2039–2053. doi: 10.1007/s00429-017-1586-9
  • 40- Cheval B*, Boisgontier MP*, Orsholits D , Sieber S, Guessous I, Gabriel R, Stringhini S, Blane D, van der Linden BWA, Kliegel M, Burton-Jeangros C, Courvoisier DS, Cullati S.
    Association of early- and adult-life socioeconomic circumstances with muscle strength in older age.
    Age & Ageing 2018, 47:398-407. doi: 10.1093/ageing/afy003
  • 39- Chalavi S, Zivari Adab H, Pauwels L, Beets IAM, van Ruitenbeek P, Boisgontier MP, Santos Monteiro T, Maes C, Sunaert S, Swinnen SP.
    Anatomy of subcortical structures predicts age-related differences in skill acquisition.
    Cerebral Cortex 2018, 28:459–473. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhw382
  • 38- Boisgontier MP, Cheval B, Chalavi S, van Ruitenbeek P, Leunissen I, Levin O, Nieuwboer A, Swinnen SP.
    Individual differences in brainstem and basal ganglia structure predict postural control and loss of balance in young and older adults.
    Neurobiology of Aging 2017, 50:47–59. doi: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2016.10.024
  • 37- Maes C, Gooijers J, Orban de Xivry JJ, Swinnen SP, Boisgontier MP.
    Two hands, one brain, and aging.
    Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 2017, 75:234–256. doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2017.01.052
  • 36- Corporaal SHA, Gooijers J, Chalavi S, Cheval B, Swinnen SP, Boisgontier MP.
    Neural predictors of motor control and impact of visuo-proprioceptive information in youth.
    Human Brain Mapping 2017, 38:5628–5647. doi: 10.1002/hbm.23754
  • 35- Santos Monteiro T, Beets IAM, Boisgontier MP, Gooijers J, Pauwels L, Chalavi S, King B, Albouy G, Swinnen SP.
    Relative cortico-subcortical shift in brain activity but preserved training-induced neural modulation in older adults during bimanual motor learning.
    Neurobiology of Aging 2017, 58:54–67. doi: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2017.06.004
  • 34- Cheval B, Sarrazin PG, Boisgontier MP, Radel R.
    Temptations toward behaviors minimizing energetic costs automatically activate physical activity goals in successful exercisers.
    Psychology of Sport and Exercise 2017, 30:110–117. doi: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2017.02.006
  • 33- Boisgontier MP, Serbruyns L, Swinnen SP.
    Physical activity predicts performance in an unpracticed bimanual coordination task.
    Frontiers in Psychology 2017, 8:249. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00249
  • 32- Boisgontier MP, van Ruitenbeek P, Leunissen I, Chalavi S, Sunaert S, Levin O, Swinnen SP.
    Nucleus accumbens and caudate atrophy predicts longer action selection times in young and old adults.
    Human Brain Mapping 2016, 37:4629–4639. doi: 10.1002/hbm.23333
  • 31- Helsen WF, Van Halewyck F, Levin O, Boisgontier MP, Lavrysen A, Elliott D.
    Manual aiming in healthy aging: Does proprioception acuity make the difference?.
    Age 2016, 2325.0. doi: 10.1007/s11357-016-9908-z
  • 30- Boisgontier MP, Cheval B.
    The anova to mixed model transition.
    Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 2016, 68:1004–1005. doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2016.05.034
  • 29- Boisgontier MP, Cheval B, van Ruitenbeek P, Levin O, Renaud O, Chanal J, Swinnen SP.
    Whole-brain grey matter density predicts balance stability irrespective of age and protects older adults from falling.
    Gait & Posture 2016, 45:143-150. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2016.01.019
  • 28- Boisgontier MP, Swinnen SP.
    Age-related deficit in a bimanual joint position matching task is amplitude dependent.
    Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience 2015, 7:162. doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2015.00162
  • 27- Boisgontier MP.
    Motor aging results from cerebellar neuron death.
    Trends in Neurosciences 2015, 38:127–128. doi: 10.1016/j.tins.2015.01.003
  • 26- Van Halewyck F, Lavrysen A, Levin O, Boisgontier MP, Elliott D, Helsen WF.
    Factors underlying age-related changes in discrete aiming.
    Experimental Brain Research 2015, 233:1733–1744. doi: 10.1007/s00221-015-4247-3
  • 25- Beets IAM, Gooijers J, Boisgontier MP, Pauwels L, Coxon JP, Wittenberg G, Swinnen SP.
    Reduced neural differentiation between feedback conditions after training bimanual coordination with and without augmented visual feedback.
    Cerebral Cortex 2015, 25:1958–1969. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhu005
  • 24- Moineau B, Boisgontier MP, Gailledrat E, De Angelis M-P, Olivier I, Palluel E, Pérennou D, Nougier V.
    Is postural control more impaired in hip-disarticulated patients compared to transfemoral amputees? A pilot study.
    Annals of Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine 2015, 58:354–356. doi: 10.1016/j.rehab.2015.10.001
  • 23- Boisgontier MP.
    Commentary: Cerebellar direct current stimulation enhances on-line motor skill acquisition through an effect on accuracy.
    Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 2015, 9:578. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00578
  • 22- Boisgontier MP, Swinnen SP.
    Proprioception in the cerebellum.
    Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 2014, 8:212. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00212
  • 21- Levin O, Fujiyama H, Boisgontier MP, Swinnen SP, Summers JJ.
    Aging and motor inhibition: A converging perspective provided by brain stimulation and imaging approaches.
    Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 2014, 43:100–117. doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2014.04.001
  • 20- Van Halewyck F, Lavrysen A, Levin O, Boisgontier MP, Elliott D, Helsen WF.
    Both age and physical activity level impact on eye-hand coordination.
    Human Movement Science 2014, 36C:80–96. doi: 10.1016/j.humov.2014.05.005
  • 19- Moineau B, Boisgontier MP, Barbieri G, Nougier V.
    A new method to assess temporal features of gait initiation with a single force plate.
    Gait & Posture 2014, 39:631–633. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2013.07.007
  • 18- Théveniau N, Boisgontier MP, Varieras S, Olivier I.
    The effects of clothes on independent walking in toddlers.
    Gait & Posture 2014, 39:659–661. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2013.08.031
  • 17- Boisgontier MP, Wittenberg G, Fujiyama H, Levin O, Swinnen SP.
    Complexity of central processing in simple and choice multilimb reaction-time tasks.
    PLoS One 2014, 9:e90457. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0090457
  • 16- Boisgontier MP, Van Halewyck F, Corporaal SHA, Willacker L, Van den Bergh V, Beets IAM, Levin O, Swinnen SP.
    Vision of the active limb impairs bimanual motor tracking in young and older adults.
    Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience 2014, 6:320. doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2014.00320
  • 15- Moineau B, Boisgontier MP.
    Superimposed electrical stimulation improves mobility of pre-stiff thumbs after ulnar collateral ligament injury of the metacarpophalangeal joint: a randomized study.
    Annals of Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine 2014, 57:373-380. doi: 10.1016/j.rehab.2014.04.004
  • 14- Boisgontier MP, Beets IAM, Duysens J, Nieuwboer A, Krampe RT, Swinnen SP.
    Age-related differences in attentional cost associated with postural dual tasks: Increased recruitment of generic cognitive resources in older adults.
    Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews 2013, 37:1824–1837. doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2013.07.014
  • 13- Boisgontier MP, Nougier V.
    Proprioception: bilateral inputs first.
    Neuroscience Letters 2013, 534:96–100. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2012.11.050
  • 12- Boisgontier MP, Nougier V.
    Ageing of internal models: From a continuous to an intermittent proprioceptive control of movement.
    Age 2013, 35:1339–1355. doi: 10.1007/s11357-012-9436-4
  • 11-Boisgontier MP, Olivier I, Chenu O, Nougier V.
    Presbypropria: The effects of physiological ageing on proprioceptive control.
    Age 2012, 34:1179–1194. doi: 10.1007/s11357-011-9300-y
  • 10- Boisgontier MP, Moineau B, Nougier V.
    Superimposed electrical stimulation comfortably improves the endurance of maximal voluntary contractions.
    Journal of Sports Medicine & Physical Fitness 2012, 52:558-562.
  • 9- Boisgontier M, Mignardot JB, Nougier V, Olivier I, Palluel E.
    Attentional cost of the executive functions involved in postural control.
    Science & Motricite 2011, 74:53–64. doi: 10.1051/sm/2011106
  • 8- Vuillerme N, Boisgontier M.
    Changes in the relative contribution of each leg to the control of quiet two-legged stance following unilateral plantar-flexor muscles fatigue.
    European Journal of Applied Physiology 2010, 24:192–195. doi: 10.1007/s00421-010-1449-z
  • 7- Boisgontier M, Vuillerme N, Iversen MD.
    Superimposed electrical stimulation decreases maximal grip force.
    Journal of Sports Medicine & Physical Fitness 2010, 50:152-158.
  • 6- Vuillerme N, Boisgontier M.
    Effectiveness of a tongue-placed electrotactile biofeedback to improve ankle force sense following plantar-flexor muscles fatigue.
    Gait & Posture 2009, 30:556–559. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2009.07.124
  • 5- Boisgontier M, Vuillerme N, Thomas D, Pinsault N, Emprin M, Caillat-Miousse JL.
    Effects of neuromuscular electrical stimulation on the range of motion recovery in hand proximal interphalangeal sprain.
    Science & Sports 2009, 24:192–195. doi: 10.1016/j.scispo.2008.09.001
  • 4- Vuillerme N, Boisgontier M.
    Muscle fatigue degrades force sense at the ankle joint.
    Gait & Posture 2008, 28:521-524. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2008.03.005
  • 3- Vuillerme N, Boisgontier M, Chenu O, Demongeot J, Payan Y.
    Tongue-placed tactile biofeedback suppresses the deleterious effects of muscle fatigue on joint position sense at the ankle.
    Experimental Brain Research 2007, 183:235–240. doi: 10.1007/s00221-007-1039-4
  • 2- Vuillerme N, Pinsault N, Chenu O, Boisgontier M, Demongeot J, Payan Y.
    How a plantar pressure-based, tongue-placed tactile biofeedback modifies postural control mechanisms during quiet standing.
    Experimental Brain Research 2007, 181:547-554. doi: 10.1007/s00221-007-0953-9
  • 1- Vuillerme N, Chenu O, Pinsault N, Boisgontier M, Demongeot J, Payan Y.
    Inter-individual variability in sensory weighting of a plantar pressure-based, tongue-placed tactile biofeedback for controlling posture.
    Neuroscience Letters 2007, 421:173-177. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2007.03.076

Acknowledged Contributions

  • 1- Audrin C, Brosch T, Chanal J, Sander S.
    When symbolism overtakes quality: Materialists consumers disregard product quality when faced with luxury brands.
    Journal of Economic Psychology 2017, 61:115-123. doi: 10.1016/j.joep.2017.04.001

Education & Positions

    Postdoctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia, Canada
    Brain Behaviour Laboratory
    Head of the laboratory: Lara A. Boyd

    Postdoctoral Fellow, KU Leuven, Belgium
    Movement Control and Neuroplasticity research group
    Head of the group: Stephan P. Swinnen

    Full-Time Lecturer, Université Savoie Mont Blanc, France
    Department of Sport Sciences

    PhD, University Grenoble Alpes, CNRS, France
    Health, Plasticity, Motricity team
    Supervisor: Vincent Nougier

    Certificate of Advanced Study in Physical Therapy, Massachusetts General Hospital, USA
    Institute of Health Professions
    Supervisor: Maura D. Iversen

    Master's degree in Neuroscience, University Grenoble Alpes, CNRS, France
    Computer Assisted Medical Interventions team
    Supervisors: Nicolas Vuillerme, Yohan Payan

    Master's degree in Physical Therapy, University Grenoble Alpes, France

    Bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy, University Grenoble Alpes, France

    Master's degree in Movement Sciences, University Grenoble Alpes, France

    Bachelor's degree in Movement Sciences, University Grenoble Alpes, France

Financial Support

    ERC Starting Grant Final stage (interview) - (1.500.000 EUR, rejected)
    European Research Council (ERC), Europe
    Principal Investigator: Matthieu P. Boisgontier

    40,000 EUR, Research Grant
    Scientific Fund for Research – Flanders (FWO), Belgium
    Principal Investigator: Matthieu P. Boisgontier

    5,000 CAD, Jakeway Neurorehabilitation Seed Fund
    University of British Columbia, Canada
    Principal Investigator: Lara A. Boyd

    200,000 EUR, Senior Postdoctoral Fellowship
    Scientific Fund for Research – Flanders (FWO), Belgium
    Principal Investigator: Matthieu P. Boisgontier

    20,000 EUR, Travel Grant for a Long Stay Outside Europe
    Scientific Fund for Research – Flanders (FWO), Belgium
    Principal Investigator: Matthieu P. Boisgontier

    87,000 EUR, KULeuven Internal Fund
    University of Leuven, Belgium
    Principal Investigator: Jean-Jacques Orban de Xivry

    40,000 EUR, Research Grant
    Scientific Fund for Research – Flanders (FWO), Belgium
    Principal Investigator: Matthieu P. Boisgontier

    190,000 EUR, Junior Postdoctoral Fellowship
    Scientific Fund for Research – Flanders (FWO), Belgium
    Principal Investigator: Matthieu P. Boisgontier

    90,000 EUR, Doctoral Fellowship
    French Ministry of Higher Education and Research, France
    Principal Investigator: Matthieu P. Boisgontier

    2,000 EUR, Healthcare Professional Award
    SOFPEL: Société Francophone Posture Equilibre Locomotion, France
    Principal Investigator: Matthieu P. Boisgontier

    10,000 USD, Master's Scholarship
    Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, USA

    7,000 EUR, Master's Scholarship
    French Ministry of Higher Education and Research, France


Peer Reviews


1- United States - Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF; 2018; 150,000 USD)
2- Fonds de Recherche du Québec – Nature et Technologies (FRQ-NT; 2018; 20,000 CAD)


Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews (1); NeuroImage (1); Sports Medicine (1); Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (1); Human Brain Mapping (5); Neurobiology of Aging (3); Physical Therapy (5); Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (1); Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (1); Journal of Neuroscience Methods (5); The Journals of Gerontology: Series A Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences (1); Gerontology (1); Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair (1); Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation (2); Journal of Sport Rehabilitation (3); Journal of Applied Physiology (1); Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance (2); Journal of Neurophysiology (21); Experimental Brain Research (11); Journal of Motor Behavior (5); Scientific Reports (2); IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering (2); Clinical Neurophysiology (2); Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience (10); Frontiers in Neurology (1); Experimental Gerontology (2); Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience (1); Brain Research (1) Frontiers in Human Neuroscience (1); European Journal of Public Health (3); Plos One (11); Journal of Sports Sciences (2); Reviews in the Neurosciences (1); Brain and Cognition (1); Cognition & Emotion (2); Clinical Interventions in Aging (3); International Journal of Sports Medicine (10); European Journal of Applied Physiology (2); Psychology and Aging (1); Gait & Posture (12); Neuroscience Letters (3); Parkinson's Disease (1); Frontiers in Psychology (2); BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders (1); The Knee (2); International Journal of Neuroscience (1); Experimental Aging Research (1); GeroScience (1).


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