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Professor Cathy Craig

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Head of School



Room 02.517, David Keir Building
School of Psychology
Queen's University Belfast
Belfast, BT7 1NN
Northern Ireland, UK


+44 (0)28 9097 5482


I graduated with a MA in psychology from the University of Edinburgh in 1993. I continued my studies at the University of Edinburgh where I completed my PhD in Perception and Action psychology in 1997 under the supervision of Pr. Dave Lee . After this I went to Marseille, France to take up a post-doc working with Pr Reinoud Bootsma at the Movement and Perception lab at the Faculty of Sport Sciences. Originally going for 8 months I stayed for 8 years where I became a lecturer in the Sports Science department. I joined QUB in 2005 as a Senior Lecturer in Visual Perception and was made Professor of Perception and Action Psychology in 2010.

School of Psychology Administrative Roles

On Sabbatical 2011-2012

Director of the EPIC (Emotion, Perception, and Individual Characteristics) Research Cluster

My main research interests focus on how sensory information is used by the brain to control movement. More specifically I am interested in understanding how patterns of sensory information can be used to improve motor performance in both sporting (decision making in rugby or stopping curved free kicks in soccer) and health related contexts (e.g. balance training in older adults or people with Parkinson’s). By using innovative methods such as immersive, interactive virtual reality we can carefully control when and how sensory information is presented to a user and measure the effects these modifications have on motor coordination and behaviour. For more information see our website

Selected Publications

A full list can be found here.

Rodger, M & Craig, CM. (2011) Timing movements to interval durations specified by discrete or continuous sounds. Experimental Brain Research, 214:393–402.

Bideau B, Kulpa R, Vignais, N, Brault, S, Multon, F & Craig CM, (2010) Virtual reality, a serious game for understanding performance and training players in sport. IEEE Computer Graphic Applications, 30, 14-21

Craig CM, Goulon C, Berton E, Rao G, Fernandez L, & Bootsma RJ. (2009). Optic variables used to judge future ball arrival position in expert and novice soccer players. Attention, Perception and Psychophysics, 71(3), 515-522

Coull JT, Vidal F, Goulon C, Nazarian B & Craig C (2008). Using Time-To-Contact information to assess potential collision modulates both visual and temporal prediction networks. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 2:10.

Craig, CM, Berton, E, Rao G, Fernandez L & Bootsma RJ. (2006) Judging where a ball will go: The case of curved free kicks in football. Naturwissenschaften, 93, 97-101. (see New Scientist article for research summary)

Craig, C, Pepping GJ & Grealy, MA. (2005) Intercepting beats in pre-designated target zones. Experimental Brain Research, 165, 490-504.

Grealy, MA, Craig, CM, Bourdin, C & Coleman, SG. (2004) Judging time intervals using a model of perceptuo-motor control. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 16, 1185-1195.

Bootsma, RJ & Craig, CM (2003) Observer sensitivity to tau-dot in detecting up-coming collisions. Perception, 32, 525-544.

Craig, CM. & Bourdin, C. (2002). Revisited : The inertial tensor as a proprioceptive invariant. Neuroscience Letters, 317, 106-110.

Lee, D.N., Georgopoulos, A., Clarke, M.J.O., Craig, C.M. & Port, N.L. (2001). Guiding contact by coupling the taus of gaps. Experimental Brain Research, 139, 151-159.

Craig, C.M., Delay, D., Grealy, M.A., & Lee, D.N. (2000) Precision golf putting: Guiding the swing. Nature 405, 295-296.

Craig, C.M., Grealy, M.A., & Lee, D.N. (2000). Detecting motor abnormalities in preterm infants. Experimental Brain Research, 131, 359-365.