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Research

My research in the last years can be grouped around 3 themes: interceptionprehension and illusions in perception and action. It is performed in close collaboration with Eli Brenner.

Interception poses problems that are difficult to control due to the continuously changing target position in combination with the inevitable neural delays. Research on this topic has shown that these problems are only circumvented to a very limited extent by using predictive information (like the ball's speed). Subjects rather use the information of previous trials, or correct on-line for the errors made in the earlier part of the movement. Similar effects were found for eye-movements towards moving objects.

Prehension is a very common task that encompasses some of the fundamental problems of visuomotor co-ordination. We developed a new view on how it is organised. This view is formalised in a mathematical model. Some of the predictions of the model are already tested, and others are still being investigated. One of the interesting aspects of our approach is that it makes no distinction between grasping and pointing. This has led to predictions for the control of pointing that are also currently under investigation.

Illusions in perception and action. This line of research recently developed into a seperate theme based on the research on interception and prehension. Contrary to many others, we think that action is not less susceptible to illusions than perception. We think that the reason that many researchers report otherwise is that they compare variables of the action with perceptual judgements on other variables. We found evidence for this hypothesis in our research on interception and grasping.

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Selected Research Output 1995 2019

Unusual prism adaptation reveals how grasping is controlled

Schot, W. D., Brenner, E. & Smeets, J. B., 11 Sep 2017, In : eLife. 6, 21440.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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Prisms
Hand
Thumb
Hand Strength
Wrist

Movement Adjustments have Short Latencies Because there is no Need to Detect Anything

Smeets, J. B. J., Oostwoud Wijdenes, L. & Brenner, E., Apr 2016, In : Motor control. 20, 2, p. 137-48

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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Automatic Data Processing

Optimising filtering parameters for a 3D motion analysis system

Schreven, S., Beek, P. J. & Smeets, J. B. J., 2015, In : Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology. 25, 5, p. 808-814 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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Biomechanical Phenomena
Noise

Random walk of motor planning in task-irrelevant dimensions

van Beers, R. J., Brenner, E. & Smeets, J. B. J., 2013, In : Journal of Neurophysiology. 109, 4, p. 969-977

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
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Noise
Neuronal Plasticity
Learning

Alignment to natural and imposed mismatches between the senses

van der Kooij, K., Brenner, E., van Beers, R. J., Schot, W. D. & Smeets, J. B. J., 2013, In : Journal of Neurophysiology. 109, p. 1890-1899 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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Sensory Feedback
Nervous System
Hand
Proprioception
Head

Temporal uncertainty separates flashes from their background during saccades.

Maij, F., Brenner, E. & Smeets, J. B. J., 2011, In : Journal of Neuroscience. 31, 10, p. 3708-3711 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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Saccades
Uncertainty
REM Sleep
Eye Movements
Brain

Robust movement segmentation by combining multiple sources of information

Schot, W. D., Brenner, E. & Smeets, J. B. J., 2010, In : Journal of Neuroscience Methods. 187, 2, p. 147-155

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Biomechanical Phenomena
Intuition
Upper Extremity
Research Personnel

Grasping Weber’s law

Smeets, J. B. J. & Brenner, E., 2008, In : Current Biology. 9, 18(23), p. R1089-R1090

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Hand Strength
information sources

Sensory integration does not lead to sensory calibration

Smeets, J. B. J., van den Dobbelsteen, J. J., de Grave, D. D. J., van Beers, R. J. & Brenner, E., 2006, In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 103, p. 18781-6

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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Calibration
Feedback
Brain

10 years of illusions

Smeets, J. B. J. & Brenner, E., 2006, In : Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. 32, p. 1501-4

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
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Behavior Control
Research
Illusion
Experiment
Simplification

A new view on grasping

Smeets, J. B. J. & Brenner, E., 1999, In : Motor control. 3, 3, p. 237-271

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Thumb
Fingers
Hand
Theoretical Models

Activities 2006 2018

  • 4 Editorial work
  • 1 Conference
  • 1 Membership
  • 1 Lecture / Presentation

Updating the global effect across saccade.

K. Arkesteijn (Speaker), Jeroen B. Smeets (Speaker), Mieke Donk (Speaker), A.V. Belopolskiy (Speaker)
2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Evaluation Panel ETH (D-HEST) (External organisation)

Jeroen Smeets (Member)
2016

Activity: MembershipAcademic

Acta Psychologica (Journal)

Jeroen Smeets (Member of editorial board)
1 Jan 20142019

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic

Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance (Journal)

Jeroen Smeets (Member of editorial board)
20142019

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic

Society for the Neural Control of Movement

Jeroen Smeets (Participant)
20122018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic