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Dr Joost Dessing

Dessing, JoostLecturer



Room 0G.434, David Keir Building
School of Psychology
Queen's University Belfast
Belfast, BT7 1NN
Northern Ireland, UK


+44 (0)28 9097 5650

My early career I spend at the Faculty of Human Movement Sciences in Amsterdam, where I obtained my MSc in 2001, and PhD in 2005, under the supervision of Peter Beek, Lieke Peper, and Dan Bullock. I spent another 4 years in Amsterdam as a post-doc, followed by a short post-doc project with Pieter Medendorp in Nijmegen. Next, I moved to Canada to work with Doug Crawford at the Centre for Vision Research. Subsequently, I started my position as a Lecturer at QUB in October 2012.






PSY7057 (Module Convenor)

Member of Perception Action Communication Research Cluster

My research has always focused on eye-hand coordination, with a particular focus on catching and hitting movements. I examine how (predominantly visual) information is transformed by the brain into adequate motor commands. I study this at a fundamental level in laboratory tasks as well as in more applied situations, such as sports. I use behavioural experiments (in combination Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) in real and virtual situations and neurocomputational modeling.

Dessing, J. C., Byrne P. A., Abadeh, A., & Crawford J. D. (2012). Hand-related, rather than goal-related, source of gaze dependent errors in memory-guided reaching. Journal of Vision, 12(11):17, 1–8.

Dessing, J. C. (2012). Updating of an occluded moving target for interceptive saccades. Journal of Neuroscience, 32, 7767-8.

Dessing, J. C., Rey, F. P., & Beek, P. J. (2012). Gaze fixation improves the stability of expert juggling. Experimental Brain Research, 216, 635–64.

Dessing, J. C., Crawford, J. D., & Medendorp, W. P. (2011). Spatial updating across saccades during manual interception. Journal of Vision, 11.4, 1-18.

Dessing, J. C. & Craig C. M. (2010). Bending it like Beckham: How to visually fool the goalkeeper. PLoS ONE 5(10): e13161.

Dessing, J. C., Oostwoud Wijdenes, L., Peper, C. E., & Beek, P.J. (2009). Visuomotor transformation for interception: catching while fixating. Experimental Brain Research, 196, 511-527.

Dessing, J. C., Oostwoud Wijdenes, L., Peper, C. E., & Beek, P.J. (2009). Adaptations of lateral hand movements to early and late visual occlusion in catching. Experimental Brain Research, 192, 669-682.

Dessing, J. C., Daffertshofer, A., Peper, C. E., & Beek, P. J. (2007). Pattern stability and error correction during in-phase and antiphase four-ball fountain juggling. Journal of Motor Behavior, 39, 433-446.

Dessing, J. C., Peper, C. E., Bullock, D., & Beek, P. J. (2005). How position, velocity, and temporal information combine in the prospective control of catching: Data and model. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 17, 668-686.

Dessing, J. C., Peper, C. E., & Beek, P. J. (2004). A comparison of real catching with catching using stereoscopic visual displays. Ecological Psychology, 16, 1-21.

Dessing, J. C., Caljouw, S. R., Peper, C. E., & Beek, P. J. (2004). A dynamical neural network for hitting an approaching object. Biological Cybernetics, 91, 377-387.

Beek, P. J., Dessing, J. C., Peper, C. E., & Bullock, D. (2003). Modelling the control of interceptive actions. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society: B. Biological Sciences, 358, 1511-1523.

Dessing, J. C., Bullock, D., Peper, C. E., & Beek, P. J. (2002). Prospective control of manual interceptive actions: Comparative simulations of extant and new model constructs. Neural Networks, 15, 163-179.