Ever since my PhD, which I obtained in 1998, I am fascinated by how environmental stimuli are processed and coupled to motor control. My earlier scientific work focused on manual actions such as reaching and grasping, and how they are coordinated in space and time. In my current work I focus on balance control, and I ask how psychological states such as emotion, arousal, and cognition, perturb or support the regulation of balance. In addition, I ask how these processes are affected by various psychopathologies, such as autism and anxiety.Influences of emotion on balance
Charles Darwin recognized that emotions have clear communicative and behavioral characteristics, such as preparing the body for fight or flight. These innate tendencies manifest themselves in postural changes, such as ‘freeze’ and ‘avoidance’. Using recordings of the body center of pressure, PhD-student Daniëlle Bouman and I study how static balance and the initiation of gait are influenced by affective states, induced by pictorial stimuli.
One of the tenets of the embodied cognition theory is that mental states are grounded in the physical body, which can manifest itself as reciprocity between mental states and bodily states. Motivated by this approach, I performed various experiments on how mental activity (e.g., language processing) is reflected in changes in motor activity. I also study how bodily states affect perceptual judgments of geometric properties of the environment.
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Excerpts of scientific work
- Postural responses to emotional visual stimuli
- Unveiling intermittency in the control of quiet upright standing: Beyond automatic behavior
- Evidence for sequential performance effects in professional darts
- Back off! The effect of emotion on backward step initiation
- The effect of fear of falling on vestibular feedback control of balance
- Effects of attentional focus on walking stability in elderly
- Reduced freezing in posttraumatic stress disorder patients while watching affective pictures
- Effect of constrained arm posture on the processing of action verbs
- Influence of focus of attention, reinvestment and fall history on elderly gait stability
- Words that move us. The effects of sentences on body sway
- Framing visual roll-motion affects postural sway and the subjective visual vertical
- Being (un)moved by mental time travel
- Equally moved and not really sick from viewing 2D and 3D motion stimuli on a TV screen
- Tonic immobility differentiates stress responses in PTSD
- The Effect of Optokinetic Stimulation on Perceptual and Postural Symptoms in Visual Vestibular Mismatch Patients
- Arousal and exposure duration affect forward step initiation
- Muscle networks: Connectivity analysis of EMG activity during postural control
- The influence of motor imagery on postural sway: Differential effects of type of body movement and person perspective
- Interaction between Depth Order and Density Affects Vection and Postural Sway
- Aversive life events enhance human freezing responses
- A critical evaluation of the cognitive penetrability of posture
- Organization of voluntary stepping in response to emotion-inducing pictures
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- To freeze or not to freeze? Affective and cognitive perturbations have markedly different effects on postural control
- Walk to me when I smile, step back when I'm angry: emotional faces modulate whole-body approach-avoidance behaviors
- Facing freeze: social threat induces bodily freeze in humans
- Thought translation, tennis and Turing tests in the vegetative state
- Cortical changes in complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
- Sway regularity reflects attentional involvement in postural control: effects of expertise, vision and cognition
- Patterns of postural sway in high anxious children
- Establishing consciousness in non-communicative patients: a modern-day version of the Turing test
- Effects of attention on the control of locomotion in individuals with chronic low back pain.
- Genetic analyses of the stability of executive functioning during childhood.
- Effects of sleep deprivation on neural functioning: an integrative review
- Effects of affective picture viewing on postural control
- Conditional accuracy in response interference tasks: Evidence from the Eriksen flanker task and the spatial conflict task.
- Accounting for sequential trial effects in the Flanker task: Conflict adaptation or associative priming?
- The phenotypic and genotypic relation between working memory speed and capacity
- Heritability of Selective Attention and Working Memory in Preschoolers
The multi-source interference task: the effect of randomization
Stins, J. F., van Leeuwen, W. M. A. & de Geus, J. C. N., 2005, In : Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology. 27, 6, p. 711-717
- Response interference and working memory in 12-year-old children
- Sustained attention and executive functioning performance in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
- On the role of working memory in response interference.
- Heritability of Stroop and flanker performance in 12-year old children.
- Familial influences on sustained attention and inhibition in preschoolers
- Drifting towards a diffuse control model of exploratory motor learning: A comparison of global and within-trial performance measures
- A kinematic analysis of hand selection in a reaching task
- Magnetoencephalographic signals identify stages in real-life decision processes
- Stimulus-Response compatibility for absolute and relative spatial correspondence in reaching and in button pressing.
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