Welcome to my website. I am an interdisciplinary trained and operating human movement scientist. I am fascinated by the control and coordination of human movement, and changes therein as a function of development, learning and training.
As you can tell from my research activities and publications, many topics have my interest, but I am especially interested in the control and coordination of movement in the context of real-life skills and the development of expertise in that regard.
PDF’s of journal articles and book chapters are available through the research section, while video clips of my media appearances may be viewed in that section. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about my research.
Standing & lifting
Swimming & rowing
Commentaries and reviews
Motor dysfunction in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. The role of sensory processing and sensory-motor integration. (2014)
Betteco de Boer
Stabilizing bimanual coordination: Changes in interlimb interactions. (2013)
Neural dynamics of human motor control. Published Doctoral Dissertation. (2007)
Taking approach-avoidance research a step further. (2020)
Is stability an unstable concept? Quantifying dynamic stability of human locomotion. (2010)
Exploratory movements in haptic perception. (2013)
Lex van Delden
Unilateral versus bilateral upper limb training after stroke. (2014)
Neural dynamics underlying interceptive actions. (2005)
Flexibility of human walking: A study on interlimb coordination. (2002)
Stochastic properties of human motor control: Nonlinear Fokker-Planck equations. (2000)
Erik van der Graaff
Perfecting your pitch. In search of the perfect baseball pitch and its training. (2019)
Step by step. Stepping strategies to prevent falling while walking. (2014)
Maarten van den Heuvel
Augmented visual feedback in Parkinson’s disease – assessing and improving postural control. (2017)
Neural entrainment in coordination dynamics. (2010)
Josje van Houwelingen
In the swim. Optimising propulsion in human swimming. (2018)
Training and assessment for sport psychology practice. (2016)
Disentangling perceptual-motor learning. (2004)
Balance control in human walking: An energetic perspective. (2015)
The control of fast goal-directed movements. A critical test of the equilibrium point hypothesis. (2006)
Walking with back pain. (2004)
Rolf van de Langenberg
How do you feel? An inquiry into dynamic touch and proprioception. (2007)
Developmental coordination disorders: Evaluation and treatment. (2000)
Power in rowing. In search of effective feedback variables. (2019)
Rob van Lummel
Assessing Sit-to-Stand for clinical use. (2017)
Synchronization with fractal rhythms. Complexity matching of statistical structure. (2014)
Appariement des strcutures temporelles de deux systèmes complexes couplés: perspectives de réhabilitation d’un système déficient. (2014)
Older adults: Mind your step! (2016)
Jonathan de Melker Worms
Human balance control: Effects of fear and attention in standing and walking. (2017)
Anke van Mourik
Structure from randomness: A window into coordination. (2006)
Ben van Oeveren
Running deciphered. Interpretation of running technique from wearable data. (2021)
Rita Ferraz de Oliveira
Visual perception for basketball shooting. (2007)
Tapping dynamics. (1995)
Mariëlle van Ooijen-Kerste
Steps to follow. Toward the clinical assessment and training of walking adaptability. (2017)
The impact of anxiety on perceptual-motor behaviour. (2006)
Harjo de Poel
Asymmetric interlimb coupling strength in rhythmic bimanual coordination. (2007)
Effects of task constraints on the relative phasing of rhythmic movements. (2000)
Rhythmic bimanual coordination: Interlimb interactions and effector dynamics. (2006)
A walk on the wild side. Fall-risk assessment from daily-life gait. (2015)
Anchoring: Moving from theory to therapy. (2009)
Tony van Santvoord
Cascade juggling: Learning, variability, and information. (1995)
Jump and run. Energetics and mechanics of explosive and cyclic movements. (2009)
Impedance modulation: A means to cope with neuromuscular noise. (2006)
External load during football training: The power of acceleration and deceleration. (2017)
Walking-adaptability assessment and training: Steps towards clinical implementation. (2019)
Niek van Ulzen
Exploring affective perception and social action. (2010)
Moving in time: Neurons, clocks, and rhythmic movements. (2010)
Pregnancy-related Pelvic girdle Pain (PPP): An emphasis on transverse pelvis-thorax coordination during walking. (2004)
Bernadette van Wijk
Neural synchronization within and between regions of the motor system. (2012)
Grasping developmental change. (1996)
Name: Peter J. Beek
Date of Birth: July 9, 1959
Place of Birth: Delft, the Netherlands
Civil Status: Married
Citizenship: The Netherlands
Address (Work): Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Faculty of Behaviour & Movement Sciences
Van der Boechorststraat 9, 1081 BT Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Telephone (work): +31 (0)20 5988532
Telephone (mobile): +31 (0)6 39659365
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
2015-2019: Dean of Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
2014-2015: Interim Dean of Faculty of Psychology and Education, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
2007-2015: Dean of Faculty of Human Movement Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
2013-2014: Affiliated Professor at Brunel University, London, United Kingdom.
2005-2007: Visiting Professor at the Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences, John Moores University Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom.
1998-Present: Full Professor of Coordination Dynamics, Department of Motor Behavior, Faculty of Human Movement Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
1994-1998: Associate Professor (University Head Docent), Department of Psychology, Faculty of Human Movement Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
1989-Present: Fellow of the Center for the Ecological Study of Perception and Action, Department of Psychology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, U.S.A.
1988-1994: Assistant Professor (University Docent), Department of Psychology, Faculty of Human Movement Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Education & Courses
1971-1977: Atheneum-B, Hugo Grotius Scholengemeenschap, Delft.
1977-1985: Interfaculty of Physical Education, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands, BS, cum laude.
1985-1989: Faculty of Human Movement Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Ph.D., cum laude.
Management and leadership courses
Management of human resources. Looten-De Sonnaville Management Consultants, 1995.
CALL: Community for Authenthic Leadership and Learning, Twijnstra & Gudde, 2008-2009.
Courses in teaching
Course on Lecturing, Education Advisory Bureau, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 1996.
Course on Testing and Grading, Education Advisory Bureau, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 1997.
Movement control and coordination;
Perception and action;
Acquisition of perceptual-motor skills;
Research methods; theory of measurement;
Philosophy of human movement (science).
Editorial activities & Professional societies
Editor-in-chief of Human Movement Science (1999-2019).
Associate editor of Journal of Motor Behavior.
International Society for Ecological Psychology;
Dutch Society for Ecological Psychology;
Psychonomic Society (The Netherlands Foundation for Scientific Research).
Organisation of professional symposia and conferences
- Smeets, J. B. J., & Beek, P. J., Progress in Motor Control XII 2019: Movement improvement. Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Amsterdam UMC, July 7-July 10, 2019
- De Haan, A., van Mechelen, W., & Beek, P.J. (congress presidents), 19th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science, ECSS Amsterdam 2014, Sport Science Around the Canals, Faculty of Human Movement Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and Faculy of Medince, VU Medical Center, July 2-July 5, 2014.
- Beek, P.J., organization of plenary session “The choreography of movement and the brain”, with presenations by Scott Kelso and Scott DeLahunta), 18th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science, ECSS Barcelona 2013, Unifying Sport Science, The National Institute of Physical Education of Catalonia (INEFC), June 26-June 29, 2013.
- Beek, P. J., Schöllhorn, W., & Verwey, W., Third European Workshop on Movement Science (EWOMS), Faculty of Human Movement Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, May 31-June 2, 2007.
- Beek, P. J., Control of interceptive actions. Workshop organized at the Faculty of Human Movement Sciences and the Institue for Fundamental and Clinical Human Movement Sciences, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2005.
- Beek, P. J., On the coordination dynamics of skill acquisition: A neglected dimension of expertise. Symposium organized at the Eleventh European College of Sport Science, Lausanne, Switzerland, July 6-July 8, 2006.
- Beek, P. J., Rhythmic interlimb coordination: Dynamics, neural underpinnings and cognition. Workshop organized at the Faculty of Human Movement Sciences and the Institue for Fundamental and Clinical Human Movement Sciences, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2000.
- Peper, C. E., & Beek, P. J., Timekeepers versus oscillators. Symposium organized at the Tenth International Conference on Perception and Action, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1999.
- Beek, P. J., Synergetics of perceptual-motor actions. Workshop organized at the Faculty of Human Movement Sciences and the Institute for Fundamental and Clinical Human Movement Sciences, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1998.
- Brinker, B. P. L. M. den, Beek, P. J., Hollander, A. P., & Nieuwboer, R. T., Zesde Workshop Computers in de Psychologie. Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1996.
- Ingen Schenau, G. J. van, & Beek, P. J., Coordination of multi-joint movement. Symposium organized at the Second World Congress of Biomechanics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1994.
- Beek, P. J., Riccio, G., & Newell, K. M., Affordances and task constraints in intentional systems. Symposium organized at the VIIth International Conference on Event Perception and Action, University of British Columbia, Canada, 1993.
- Beek, P. J., & Guiard, Y., Stability, (a)symmetry, and constraints in two-effector coordination. Symposium organized at the Second European Conference on Ecological Psychology, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, 1992.
- Beek, P. J., & Bootsma, R. J., Ball skills. Symposium organized at the VIth International Conference on Event Perception and Action, Faculty of Human Movement Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1991.
- Beek, P. J., Bootsma, R. J., van Wieringen, P. C. W., & Reijmers, M., The VIth International Conference on Event Perception and Action, Faculty of Human Movement Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1991.
- Beek, P. J., On the origin of temporal order in movement coordination. Symposium organized at the Faculty of Human Movement Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1989.
- Bingham, G. P., Kay, B., & Beek, P. J., Dynamical models of perception-action systems. Symposium organized at the Vth International Conference on Event Perception and Action, Oxford, Miami, OH, U.S.A., 1989.