Research Project

Performing a rapid eye movement to a desired goal, the oculomotor system solves several computational problems: First, it visually represents the spatial location of the goal target. Second, it transforms this representation into a motor command to activate the eye muscles. Third, it predicts the visual consequences of the motor command via simulation of the eye dynamics by an internal forward model. Moreover, due to fluctuations like motor error or muscle fatigue, the transformation process needs to be continuously calibrated to maintain appropriate landing accuracy. This process of oculomotor adaptation can be induced experimentally by shifting the target while the eyes are in flight.
Initially, oculomotor adaptation was believed to rely on the late motor circuitry of the cerebellum and the brain stem. However, recent findings show that it also involves changes in visuospatial representations. My research project aims to examine the plasticity of oculomotor learning in visuospatial, motor and forward model coordinates via computational and behavioral methods.

PhD Committee

Prof. Dr. Markus Lappe
Prof. Dr. Rebekka Lencer
Prof. Dr. Heiko Wagner


Masselink, J., & Lappe, M. (2015). Translation and articulation in biological motion perception. Journal of Vision, 15(11), 10. doi:10.1167/15.11.10

Conference Contributions

Masselink, J., & Lappe, M. (2019). Saccadic motor command adapts to post-saccadic target representation in pre-saccadic coordinates. Poster presented at the European Conference on Eye Movements (Alicante, Spain, 2019).

Masselink, J., Oostwoud Wijdenes, L., & Medendorp, W. P. (2016). The role of the vestibular system in eye-hand coordination. Poster presented at Perception Day 2016 of the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour of the Radboud University (Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 2016).

Oostwoud Wijdenes, L., Masselink, J., & Medendorp, W. P. (2016). The role of the vestibular system in eye-hand coordination. Poster presented at Neuroscience 2016 of the Society for Neuroscience (San Diego, California, 2016).

Masselink, J., & Lappe, M. (2014). Role and processing of translation in biological motion perception. Poster presented at the 12th Biannual Conference of the German Cognitive Science Society (Tübingen, Germany, 2014).


2019: SR Research Poster Award for the best interactive presentation at the 20th European Conference on Eye Movements (Alicante, Spain)


*1989 Lingen(Ems), Germany
2010–2014 Bachelor studies in Psychology, University of Münster, Germany
2014-2017 Master studies in Psychology with Specialization in Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Münster, Germany
Since 2017 PhD student at the Institute of Psychology, University of Münster, Germany