Kiki ArkesteijnPhD Student
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I am working on the project: ‘On the MOVE: How attention is involved in dealing with moving sensors’, together with my promotor prof. dr. Jeroen Smeets, direct supervisor & co-promotor dr. Artem Belopolsky and co-promotor dr. Mieke Donk.
During the last year of my bachelor Psychology at the University of Amsterdam, I specialized in Brain and Cognition. This fueled my interest in the brain part, which in turn resulted in me enrolling in the research master Neurosciences at the Erasmus MC. During this two year master, I completed a research project in the lab of prof. dr. Maarten Frens under supervision of Peter Holland. Here, I studied motor learning and eye movements, using the technique: transcranial direct current stimulation and an animal model. This allowed me to learn how to set-up, run and analyze experiments independently. During my PhD I hope to extend and fine-tune these skills as well as acquire new ones.
My general research interests can be summarized in one word: movements. People are continuously planning and executing movements. Saccades, which are rapid, step-like, planned eye movements that change the perceptual representation, can occur over 100,000 times a day. Specifically, I would like to know what the coordinating role of attention is in the planning of both eye and hand movements.