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Prof. Dr. Rouwen Cañal-Bruland

Head of Department

Photo: Anne Günther/FSU Jena

Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena
Institute of Sport Science
Department of Sport Psychology
Seidelstraße 20
07749 Jena

Phone: +49 3641 945691

Academic Vita

   Professor of Sport Psychology at Friedrich Schiller University Jena
2008 - 2016    Assistant Professor at the Department of Human Movement Science at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
12.2007    PhD, University of Münster

Research visits to Liverpool John Moores University (UK), the University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong SAR, China) and the University of Virginia (USA).


Research Interests:

  • Motor learning and motor control
  • Implicit and explicit motor learning
  • Embodied cognition/ Embodied perception
  • Perception and Action
  • Expertise
  • Cognition and motor performance
  • Emotion and motor performance
  • Visual perception, attention and anticipation
  • Multisensory integration in sport

Selected Current Research Projects (funded by the DFG; German Research Foundation):

Unraveling crosstalk from lower-level motor coordination to higher levels in the cognitive-behavioral hierarchy (within the DFG SPP 1772: 'Human Performance under multiple cognitive task requirements: From Basic mechanisms to optimized task scheduling) 
Period: November/December 2018 - November/December 2021
Principal Investigators: Cañal-Bruland, R. (PI, FSU Jena) & Herbort, O. (PI & JMU Würzburg)

Moving in time and space - Do (a)symmetric time-space mappings depend on modality-specific processing?
Period: October 2018 - October 2020
Principal Investigators: Cañal-Bruland, R. (PI, FSU Jena) & Raab, M. (PI, DSHS Köln) together with Loeffler, J. (DSHS)

The groundedness of temporal and spatial representations in movement: Examining the bi-directionality and asymmetry hypotheses from an embodied cognition perspective
Period: November 2014 - February 2018
Principal Investigators: Raab, M. (PI, DSHS Köln) & Cañal-Bruland, R. (Co-PI, FSU Jena)


25 Selected Publications (in peer-review journals):

  • Cañal-Bruland, R., Müller, F., Lach, B. & Spence, C. (2018). Auditory contributions to visual anticipation in tennis. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 36, 100-103.
  • Gray, R. & Cañal-Bruland, R. (2018). Integrating visual trajectory and probabilistic information in baseball batting. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 36, 123-131.
  • Eils, E., Cañal-Bruland, R., Sieverding, L., de Lussanet, M. & Zentgraf, K. (2017). Vision adds to haptics when dyads perform a whole-body joint action task. Experimental Brain Research, 235, 2089-2102.
  • Loeffler, J., Raab, M. & Cañal-Bruland, R. (2017). Does movement influence representations of time and space. PLoS ONE 12 (4): e0175192.
  • Loffing, F. & Cañal-Bruland, R. (2017). Anticipation in sport. Current Opinion in Psychology, 16, 6-11. [PDF]
  • Cañal-Bruland, R., van der Meer, Y. & Moerman, J. (2016). Can visual illusions be used to facilitate sport skill learning? Journal of Motor Behavior, 48, 385-389.
  • Stins, J.F., Habets, L., Jongeling, R. & Cañal-Bruland, R. (2016). Being (un)moved by mental time travel. Consciousness and Cognition, 42, 374-381. 
  • Cañal-Bruland, R., Balch, L. & Niesert, L. (2015). Judgement bias in predicting the success of one's own basketball free throws but not those of others. Psychological Research, 79, 548-555.
  • Cañal-Bruland, R., Filius, M.A. & Oudejans, R.R.D. (2015). Sitting on a fastball. Journal of Motor Behavior, 47, 267-270.
  • Cañal-Bruland, R. & Mann, D.L. (2015). Time to broaden the scope of research on anticipatory behavior: A case for the role of probabilistic information. Frontiers in Psychology, 6:1518.
  • Foerster, A., Gray, R. & Cañal-Bruland, R. (2015). Size estimates remain stable in the face of differences in performance outcome variability in an aiming task. Consciousness and Cognition, 33, 47-52.
  • Gray, R. & Cañal-Bruland, R. (2015). Attentional focus, perceived target size and movement kinematics under performance pressure. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 22, 1692-1700.
  • Pecher, D., van Mierlo, H., Cañal-Bruland, R. & Zeelenberg, R. (2015). The burden of secrecy? No effect on hill slant estimation and beanbag throwing. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 144, e65-e72.
  • Pluijms, J.P., Cañal-Bruland, R., Bergmann Tiest, W.M., Mulder, F.A. & Savelsbergh, G.J.P. (2015). Expertise effects in cutaneous wind perception. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 77, 2121-2133.
  • Pluijms, J.P., Cañal-Bruland, R., Hoozemans, M.J.M. & Savelsbergh, G.J.P. (2015). Visual search, movement behaviour and boat control during the windward mark rounding in sailing. Journal of Sports Sciences, 33, 398-410.
  • Mann, D.L., Schaefers, T. & Cañal-Bruland, R. (2014). Action preferences and the anticipation of action outcomes. Acta Psychologica, 152, 1-9.
  • Brenner, E., Cañal-Bruland, R. & Beers, R.J. (2013). How the required precision influences the way we intercept a moving object. Experimental Brain Research, 230, 207-218.
  • Cañal-Bruland, R., Voorwald, F., Wielaard, K. & van der Kamp, J. (2013). Dissociations between vision for perception and vision for action depend on the relative availability of egocentric and allocentric information. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 75, 1206-1214.
  • Cañal-Bruland, R., Pijpers, J.R. & Oudejans, R.R.D. (2010). The influence of anxiety on action-specific perception. Anxiety, Stress and Coping, 23, 353-361.
  • Cañal-Bruland, R., van der Kamp, J. & van Kesteren, J. (2010). An examination of motor and perceptual contributions to recognizing deception in others' actions. Human Movement Science, 29, 94-102.
  • Cañal-Bruland, R. & Williams, A.M. (2010). Recognizing and predicting movement effects: Identifying critical movement features. Experimental Psychology, 57, 320-326.
  • Wöllner, C. & Cañal-Bruland, R. (2010). Keeping an eye on the violinist: motor experts show superior timing consistency in a visual perception task. Psychological Research, 74, 579-585.
  • Cañal-Bruland, R. & Schmidt, M. (2009). Response bias in judging deceptive movements. Acta Psychologica, 130, 235-240.
  • Cañal-Bruland, R. & van der Kamp, J. (2009). Action goals influence action-specific perception. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 16, 1100-1105.
  • Huys, R., Cañal-Bruland, R., Hagemann, N., Beek, P.J., Smeeton, N.J. & Williams, A.M. (2009). Global information pickup underpins anticipation of tennis shot direction. Journal of Motor Behavior, 41, 158-171.

For a complete list and citations, feel free to check my google scholar profile.

Further Activities

Editorial Service:

  • Action Editor and member of the joint Editorial Board of Perception and i-Perception (since 2016)
  • Associate Editor and member of the Editorial Board of Frontiers in Psychology: Performance Science (since 2016) 
  • Academic Editor and member of the Editorial Board of PLOS ONE (2013 - 2016)
  • Associate Editor of the Zeitschrift für Sportpsychologie (since 2015)

 Ad Hoc Journal Reviewer:

  • Acta Psychologica
  • Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics
  • British Journal of Psychology
  • Cognition
  • Current Directions in Psychological Science
  • Ergonomics 
  • Experimental Brain Research
  • Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
  • Frontiers in Movement Science and Sport Psychology
  • Frontiers in Performance Science
  • Human Movement Science
  • Infant Behavior and Development
  • International Journal of Sport Psychology
  • Journal of Cognitive Psychology
  • Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied
  • Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance
  • Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Journal of Sports Sciences
  • Learning and Individual Differences
  • Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise
  • Perception
  • Perceptual & Motor Skills
  • PLoS ONE
  • Psychological Research
  • Psychology of Sport and Exercise
  • Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
  • Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport
  • Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
  • Vision Research
  • Zeitschrift für Sportpsychologie

 Reviewer For Funding Agencies & Foundations:

  • National Science Foundation (NSF; USA)
  • Agence National de la Recherche (ANR; France)
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG; Germany)
  • German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Germany)


  • Psychonomic Society
  • North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activitiy (Naspspa)
  • Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology (SCAPPS)
  • German Association of Sport Psychology (asp)
  • German Association of Sport Science (dvs)
  • German Psychological Society (DGPs)


Summer Term 2018:

  • Introduction to Sport Psychology (lecture, 1st year)
  • Research Methods in Sport Psychology (lecture BA)
  • Research Methods in Sport Psychology (practical/seminar BA)
  • Current Topics in Sport Psychology (seminar BA)
  • Colloquium (for State Examination): Sport Psychology & Motor Learning and Control
  • Research Colloquium (for Bachelor's and Master's theses): Sport Psychology & Motor Learning and Control

Winter Term 2018/2019:

  • Introduction to Motor Learning and Control (lecture, 1st year)
  • Research Methods in Motor Learning and Control (practical/seminar BA)
  • Current Topics in Motor Learning and Control (seminar BA)
  • Advanced Seminar on Motor Learning and Control (seminar PE)
  • Colloquium (for State Examination): Sport Psychology & Motor Learning and Control
  • Research Colloquium (for Bachelor's and Master's theses): Sport Psychology & Motor Learning and Control