I am a researcher and lecturer at the Department of Psychology and the Center for Human Movement Sciences at the University of Groningen. My fascination lies in the extraordinary human capacity for social coordination, and in the experience of agency and social unity that joint action can create. I aim to integrate psychology and movement sciences to study joint action from a dynamical systems perspective. I am committed to sharing my work both within and beyond academia to inspire enthusiasm for joint action in particular and for science in general through research, education, talks and media.
In my research, I aim to integrate psychology and movement sciences to study joint action from a dynamical systems perspective. My fascination lies in our ability to form social systems with others and the ability to explore new possibilities for action within a (social) system.
In the research project “Agency and Unity”, I study the emergence of agency and social unity in joint action from a dynamical systems perspective. In a paper in collaboration with Prof. K.L. Marsh (University of Connecticut) and Dr. Koudenburg (University of Groningen), we propose a theoretical framework on how joint action and breakdowns affects psychological unity and agency.
In the research project “Moving patterns of behaviour” in collaboration with Dr. Cox (University of Groningen) and Random Collision we study how agency can be strengthened through movement. Furthermore, I am collaborating in a project on “Antifragility” with Y. Hill, dr. P.L. Silva (University of Cincinatti) and dr. A. Kiefer (University of North Carolina).
In my dissertation “Coordination dynamics of crew rowing” I experimentally studied antiphase rowing, which is theoretically faster but had never been empirically tested on water. My experiments in the lab and on the water generated novel predictions for dynamical systems theory, and showed the expediency of using real-world tasks to test theory on human interaction. I developed and programmed the Remo measurement system to test crew performance on water.
Science is a joint endeavour that requires curiosity, rigorous methods and sharing knowledge in discussion within and between disciplines. As the incremental acquisition of knowledge is a process over generations and the aim of university education is to teach students academic thinking and doing, academic teaching and scientific research are inseparable. I aspire to create an academic environment that fosters discussion and invites exploration.
Acting on this aspiration, I developed a Movement Workshop for students to explore theoretical concepts on motor learning (e.g., affordances, constraints, control parameter and self-organisation) through movement exercises and joint reflection upon their experiences. To support students in their process of building on their future, I developed the educational module Creating your own course to challenge and support students to develop their plans for the future.