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PhD projects

- Using virtual reality to examine goalkeeping in football - The neural basis of spatially and temporally predictive behaviour in interception - Sensory reference frame transformations for eye-hand coordination - Human-robot interactions in manufacturing - Sensory signals underlying motion extrapolation

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Personal profile


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, where I soon started working on project (funded by a Marie Curie FP7 Career Integration Grant) examining spatial and termporal aspects of eye-hand coordination. I am still conducting research within this line and also focus on practical applications to sports (e.g., goalkeeping) and more generally to human-robot interactions in a manufacturing context.

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 and postgraduate students on research methods and statistics.

I am supervising Theofilos Valkanidis in a PhD project Decyphering goalkeeper behaviour in free kicks and Róisín Devlin in a PhD project on Human-Robot coordination.


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Projects 2012 2012

Research Output 2001 2018

6 Citations (Scopus)

Hand-related rather than goal-related source of gaze-dependent errors in memory-guided reaching

Dessing, J. C., Byrne, P. A., Abadeh, A. & Crawford, J. D., 2012, In : Journal of Vision. 12, 11, 17.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Sensory Feedback
3 Citations (Scopus)
132 Downloads (Pure)

Non-predictive online spatial coding in the posterior parietal cortex when aiming ahead for catching

Reid, S. A. & Dessing, J. C., 17 May 2018, In : Scientific Reports. 8, p. 1-10 7756.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Occipital Lobe
Parietal Lobe
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
1 Citation (Scopus)
188 Downloads (Pure)

Spatial biases in motion extrapolation for manual interception

Reid, S. A. & Dessing, J., 27 Apr 2017, In : Journal of Experimental Psychology Human Perception and Performance. 44, 1, p. 38-52 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Direction compound

Designing an immersize virtual reality cricket training tool

Dhawan, A., Cummins, A., Spratford, W., Dessing, J., Farrow, D. & Craig, C., Sep 2015.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

5 Citations (Scopus)

Development of a novel immersive interactive virtual reality cricket simulator for cricket batting

Dhawan, A., Cummins, A., Spratford, W., Dessing, J. C. & Craig, C., 03 Nov 2015, Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Computer Science in Sports (ISCSS). Springer Verlag, Vol. 392. p. 203-210 8 p. (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; vol. 392).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Virtual reality
Display devices


Best PhD Thesis of the year in the field of Movement Sciences

Joost C. Dessing (Recipient), 2005

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Center for Open Science Preregistration Challenge Award

Joost C. Dessing (Recipient) & Sinead Reid (Recipient), 13 Jul 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

honors and awards
capture of animals

Activities 2001 2018

Using transcranial magnetic stimulation to examine the control of manual interception

Joost C. Dessing (Advisor), Sinead Reid (Contributor)
06 Jun 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Non-predictive coding for manual interception in the posterior parietal cortex

Joost C. Dessing (Advisor), Sinead Reid (Contributor)
17 Apr 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Impact case: The PsychHike 1 juggling experiment

Joost C. Dessing (Advisor)
19 May 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Psychological Science (Journal)

Joost C. Dessing (Peer reviewer)
04 Mar 2015

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

Human Movement Science (Journal)

Joost C. Dessing (Associate editor)
01 Jul 2015 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity