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Martine Verheul

Martine Verheul


Martine Verheul



Lecturer Motor Control / Skill Acquisition
The University of Edinburgh

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Personal Statement

I am interested in (perceptual-)motor coordination, in particular how coordination changes with experience (in sign language users, dancers, athletes, etc.) and how it is affected by brain damage or disease.

Currently, I am conducting research into sign linguistics. I use 3D motion capture to increase our understanding of sign prosody and other aspects of sign language.

Using novel technology developed by the Speckled Consortium (, I have taken 3D motion capture into the nursery. As a member of the Developmental Physical Education Group (DPEG) at the University of Edinburgh, I investigate young children’s movement development during active learning and play. I supervise a PhD student looking at play in early years.

Since swimming promotes rhythm and symmetry in movement, I am working with members of PMARC and CARE (Centre for Aquatics Research and Education; ( to develop an aquatic exercise programme for children with cerebral palsy, with the aim of improving their walking pattern. 

Related Publications, by Category

Theory of Action

Perceptual Basis of Action

Fundamental Actions

Development of Action

Sports Actions

Rehabilitation and Training of Actions