I did my first degree in The Netherlands and I gained my PhD in the Neuropsychology of Action at Aberdeen University (Scotland) in 2001. I have worked as a researcher at the Universities of St Andrews, Aberdeen, and Durham. I held an academic post at Northumbria University at Newcastle from 2006 and joined Stirling in the summer of 2013.
My research is in the area of neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience. The research investigates how action is represented in the brain and how this knowledge can be applied clinically. Stroke patient research is at the heart of the work in my lab, but we use a further range of techniques including brain stimulation, motion tracking kinematic analysis, eye-tracking, simple dexterity / cognitive testing, reaction time experiments, and brain imaging with normal aged and brain injured participants.
Ietswaart M, Butler A, Jackson PL & Edwards MG (eds.) (2016) Mental Practice: Clinical and Experimental Research is Imagery and Action Observation. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. Lausanne, Switzerland: Frontiers Media.
Dijkerman HC, Ietswaart M & Johnston M (2010) Motor imagery and the rehabilitation of movement disorders: an overview. In: Guillot A, Collet C (ed.). The Neurophysiological foundations of mental and motor imagery, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 127-144.