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dr. J. van der Kamp (John)

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  • E-mail:j.vander.kamp@vu.nl
  • Onderdeel:faculteit der gedrags- en bewegingswetenschappen ( sectie motor learning & performance )


John is a Lecturer at the Faculty of Human Movement Sciences at the VU University in Amsterdam. His Master’s thesis involved the role of body orientation in the development of reaching and grasping in 3- to 9-month-old infants. During his PhD-work, which was completed in 1999 and supervised by Professors Geert Savelsbergh and Claire Michaels, he investigated the use of optical information sources in the control of interceptive movements. From 2004 to 2006, John stayed at the Institute of Human Performance at the University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong, China, where he still holds a Visiting Assistant Professorship.

As a postdoctoral researcher and subsequently as a lecturer, John’s work has focused on the differential use of optical information in movement control and perception. He attempts to integrate concepts of ecological psychology with neuropsychological observations that suggest separate but interacting neuro-anatomical systems for the use of visual information in movement control and perception. This work involves various populations such as infants, students, people with movement impairments such as CP and stroke, and elite sport players.

Key words: information, movement control, perception, interceptive actions, development, movement impairments, penalty kicking and saving.


Selected publications

Movement control and perception

  • Caljouw, S.R., & van der Kamp, J., Lijster, M., & Savelsbergh, G.J.P. (2011). Differential effects of a visual illusion on online visual guidance in a stable environment and online adjustments to perturbations. Consciousness and Cognition (in press).
  • de Wit, M., van der Kamp, J., & Masters, R.S.W. (2011). Delayed pointing movements to masked Müller-Lyer figures are affected by target size but not the illusion. Neuropsychologia, 49, 1903-1909.
  • Withagen, R., & van der Kamp. J. (2010). Towards a new conception of perceptual information: Lessons from a developmental systems perspective. Human Movement Science, 29, 149-163.
  • Cañal-Bruland, R., & van der Kamp, J. (2009). Action goals influence action-specific perception. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 16, 1100-1105.
  • van Doorn, H., van der Kamp, J., de Wit, M., & Savelsbergh, G.J.P. (2009). Another look at the Müller-Lyer illusion: Different gaze patterns in vision for action and perception. Neuropsychologia, 47, 804-812.
  • van der Kamp, J., van Doorn, H., & Masters, R.S.W. (2009). A Judd illusion in far-aiming: Evidence of a contribution to action by vision for perception. Experimental Brain Research, 197, 199-204.
  • van der Kamp, J., Rivas, F, van Doorn, H., & Savelsbergh, G. (2008). Ventral and dorsal contributions in visual anticipation in fast ball sports. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 39, 100-130.
  • van der Kamp, J., Savelsbergh, G.J.P., & Smeets, J.B. (1997). Multiple information sources in interceptive timing. Human Movement Sciences, 16, 787-821.

Development of movement control and perception

  • van Wermeskerken, M., van der Kamp, J., & Savelsbergh, G.J.P. (2011). On the relation between action selection and movement control in 5- to 9-month-old infants. Experimental Brain Research, 211, 51-62.
  • van Wermeskerken, M., M., van der Kamp, J., te Velde, A.F., Valero-Garcia, A.V., Hoozemans, M.J.M., & Savelsbergh, G.J.P. (2011). Anticipatory reaching of seven- to eleven-month-old infants in occlusion situations. Infant Behavior & Development, 34, 45-54.
  • van Hof, P., van der Kamp, J. & Savelsbergh, G. (2008). The relation between infants’ perception of catchableness and the control of catching. Developmental Psychology, 44, 182-194.
  • van Hof, P., van der Kamp, J. & Savelsbergh, G.J.P. (2006). Three- to eight-month-old infants’ catching under monocular and binocular vision. Human Movement Sciences, 25, 18-36.
  • van der Kamp, J., Oudejans, R.D.D., & Savelsbergh, G.J.P. (2003). The development and learning of the visual control of movement: An ecological perspective. Infant Behavior &Development, 26, 495-515.
  • van der Kamp, J., Savelsbergh, G.J.P., & Davis, W. (1998). Body-scaled ratio as control parameter for prehension in 5-9 year old children. Developmental Psychobiology, 33, 351-361.
  • Savelsbergh, G.J.P., & van der Kamp, J. (1994). Effects of body orientation to gravity on infant reaching. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 58, 510-528.

Movement impairments

  • Steenbergen, B., van der Kamp, J., Verneau, M., Jongbloed-Pereboom, M., & Masters, R.S.W. (2010). Implicit and explicit learning: Applications from basic research to sports for individuals with impaired movement dynamics. Disability and Rehabilitation, 32, 1509-1516.
  • Crajé, C., van der Kamp, J., & Steenbergen, B. (2009). Visual information for action planning in left and right congenital hemiparesis Brain Research, 1261, 54-64.
  • Steenbergen, B., & van der Kamp, J. (2008). Attentional processes in dribbling performance of high-skilled soccer players with congenital hemiparesis: Differences related to the side of the hemisperic lesion. Motor Control, 11, 55-66.
  • Steenbergen, B., & van der Kamp, J. (2004). Control of prehension in hemiparetic cerebral palsy: (In)variances among the ipsi- and contra-lesional side of the body. DevelopmentalMedicine and Neurology, 46, 325-332.
  • te Velde, A.F., Savelsbergh, G.J.P., Barela, J.A., van der Kamp, J. (2003). Safety of road crossing in children with cerebral palsy. Acta Paediatrica, 92, 1197-1204.

Penalty kicking and saving

  • van der Kamp, J. (2011). Exploring the merits of perceptual anticipation in the soccer penalty kick. Motor Control (in press).
  • Masters, R.S.W., Poolton, J.M., & van der Kamp, J. (2010). Regard and perceptions of size in soccer: Better is bigger. Perception, 39, 1290-1295.
  • van der Kamp, J., & Masters, R.S.W. (2008). The human Müller-Lyer illusion in goalkeeping. Perception, 37, 951-954.
  • Masters, R.S.W., van der Kamp, J., & Jackson, R.C. (2007). Imperceptibly off-centre goalkeepers influence penalty-kick direction in soccer. Psychological Science, 18, 222-223.
  • van der Kamp, J. (2006). A field simulation study on the effectiveness of penalty kick strategies in soccer: Late alterations of kick direction increase errors and reduce accuracy. Journal of SportsSciences, 24, 467-477.
  • Savelsbergh, G.J.P., Williams, A.M., Ward, P., & van der Kamp, J. (2002). Visual search, anticipation and expertise in soccer goalkeepers. Journal of Sports Sciences, 20, 279-287.


  • van Lier, W., van der Kamp, J. & Savelsbergh, G.J.P. (2011). Perception and action in golf putting: Skill differences reflect calibration. Journal of Exercise and Sport Psychology, 33, 349-369.
  • van der Kamp, J. & Cañal-Bruland, R. (2011). Kissing right? On the consistency of the headturning bias in kissing. Laterality,16, 257-267.
  • van der Kamp, J. & Steenbergen, B. (1999). The kinematics of eating with a spoon: Bringing the food to the mouth, or the mouth to the food. Experimental Brain Research, 129, 68-76.

Main collaborators

Geert Savelsbergh (Faculty of Human Movement Sciences, VU University Amsterdam)
Rich Masters (Institute of Human Performance, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
Bert Steenbergen (Behavioral Science Institute, Radboud University Nijmegen)
Rob Withagen (Institute of Human Movement Science University of Groningen)
Rouwen Cañal-Bruland (Faculty of Human Movement Sciences, VU University Amsterdam)
Simone Caljouw (Institute of Human Movement Science University of Groningen)


University of Hongkong

Hong Kong
01 september 2007

Consument en Veiligheid

01 september 2009
Laatste wijzigingen Nevenwerkzaamheden: Amsterdam 27 januari 2017
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