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Dr Joost Dessing

Room 0G.434, David Keir Building

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Joost C. Dessing

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My early career I spent 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 on a NWO-funded (VENI) postdoctoral project, 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 (York University). Subsequently, I started my position as a Lecturer at QUB in October 2012.

I am currently funded through a Marie Curie FP7 Career Integration Grant, on a project examining spatial and termporal aspects of eye-hand coordination.

Research Interests

My research focuses on eye-hand coordination of reaching movements to stationary objects (such as picking up a cup of coffee) as well as moving objects (such as 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 (sports) situations, using behavioural experiments (in combination Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) in real and virtual situations and neurocomputational modeling.


I am teaching undergraduate students Research Methods and Statistics, Perception and Psychobiology, and The Psychology of Movement Performance. At the MSc level (Psychology of Performance Enhancement in Sport and Health), I teach Measuring and Evaluating Performance, Psychology of Movement Performance: Theoretical Approaches, and Psychological Dynamics of Movement Performance. I also coordinate the thesis module in this MSc.

I am supervising Sinéad Reid in a PhD project Eye-hand coordination in space and time.


I am the School's International Studies Advisor, which means I help both ingoing and outgoing students for any of the available international programmes (e.g., Erasmus, Study Abroad).

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