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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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Research Output

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

  • 6 Citations (Scopus)

    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
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    175 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
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    262 Downloads (Pure)

    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

    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

  • 6 Citations (Scopus)


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

    Dessing, Joost C. (Recipient), 2005

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Center for Open Science Preregistration Challenge Award

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

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    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

    Impact case: The PsychHike 1 juggling experiment

    Joost C. Dessing (Advisor)

    19 May 2017

    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

    Human Movement Science (Journal)

    Joost C. Dessing (Associate editor)

    01 Jul 2015 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Department of Psychology Seminar, Justus Liebig University Giessen

    Joost C. Dessing (Invited speaker)

    06 May 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course