Dr Arne Nieuwenhuys


Research | Current

Dr. Nieuwenhuys' research focuses on how psycho-physiological states such as anxiety, fatigue and sleep influence human movement and performance. His work ranges from experimentally controlled studies that are conducted in the lab to field experiments and monitoring studies that are conducted among specific target populations (e.g., athletes, soldiers, police officers). By understanding how critical cognitive and motor functions are affected by (changes in) individuals' psycho-physiological state, Dr. Nieuwenhuys aims to develop evidence-based interventions that help people improve their performance in those situations where it counts the most.

If you are intersted in pursuing a PhD on one of these topics under my supervision, the University will offer a guaranteed Doctroal scholarship to applicants with a GPE of 8.0 or above. 


Funding (current and past):

  • Nieuwenhuys, A., Kompier, M., Geurts, S., & Coenen, A. (2016). Sleep for gold: effective power napping to facilitate recovery and performance in elite athletes. Mline: 313,000€ - in cooperation with the Netherlands Olympic Committee * Netherlands Sports Organisation.
  • Nieuwenhuys, A. (2014). Working towards safer task designs: interactions between performance pressure and fatigue in task execution.Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research - VENI talent grant: 250,000€ (NWO-VENI 451.14.031).
  • Kompier, M., Nieuwenhuys, A., Geurts, S., & Coenen, A. (2013). Optimizing sleep to improve performance in elite athletes. STW Technology Foundation | Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research: 448,000€ (STW12865)in cooperation with the Netherlands Olympic Committee * Netherlands Sports Organisation.
  • Oudejans, R.R.D., & Nieuwenhuys, A. (2012). Effective stress management: individual differences in police officers' shooting decisions. [Effectief omgaan met stress: individuele verschillen bij het nemen van schietbeslissingen.] Police and Science [Politie en Wetenschap]: 62,000€ (PW53d).
  • Oudejans, R. R. D., & Nieuwenhuys, A. (2009). Acute stress and training with high stress: effects on professional skills of police officers. [Acute stress en trainen onder stress: Effecten op de beroepsvaardigheden van politieambtenaren.] Police and Science [Politie en Wetenschap]: 360,000€ (PW53a, PW53b).

Teaching | Current

  • EXERSCI 204 (Psychology of Physical Activity)
  • EXERSCI 304 (Sport Psychology)
  • EXERSCI 711 (Exercise and Performance Psychology)

Postgraduate supervision

Current PhD students:

Current MSc students:

  • Ms. Robyn Sullivan (project: effects of physical fatigue on visual perception and road crossing decisions)

Areas of expertise

  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Human Movement Sciences
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Movement Neuroscience

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Postgraduate Committee in Exercise Sciences (Chair)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Giessing, L., Frenkel, M. O., Zinner, C., Rummel, J., Nieuwenhuys, A., Kasperk, C., ... Plessner, H. (2019). Effects of Coping-Related Traits and Psychophysiological Stress Responses on Police Recruits' Shooting Behavior in Reality-Based Scenarios. FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY, 1010.3389/fpsyg.2019.01523
  • Knufinke, M., Fittkau-Koch, L., Møst EIS, Kompier, M. A. J., & Nieuwenhuys, A. (2019). Restricting short-wavelength light in the evening to improve sleep in recreational athletes - A pilot study. European journal of sport science, 19 (6), 728-735. 10.1080/17461391.2018.1544278
  • Barte, J. C. M., Nieuwenhuys, A., Geurts, S. A. E., & Kompier, M. A. J. (2019). Motivation counteracts fatigue-induced performance decrements in soccer passing performance. Journal of sports sciences, 37 (10), 1189-1196. 10.1080/02640414.2018.1548919
  • Frenkel, M. O., Brokelmann, J., Nieuwenhuys, A., Heck, R. B., Kasperk, C., Stoffel, M., & Plessner, H. (2019). Mindful sensation seeking: An examination of the protective influence of selected personality traits on risk sport-specific stress. Frontiers in Psychology, 10 (JULY).10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01719
  • van Peer, J. M., Gladwin, T. E., & Nieuwenhuys, A. (2018). Effects of threat and sleep deprivation on action tendencies and response inhibition. Emotion (Washington, D.C.)10.1037/emo0000533
  • Knufinke, M., Nieuwenhuys, A., Maase, K., Moen, M. H., Geurts, S. A. E., Coenen, A. M. L., & Kompier, M. A. J. (2018). Effects of Natural Between-Days Variation in Sleep on Elite Athletes' Psychomotor Vigilance and Sport-Specific Measures of Performance. Journal of sports science & medicine, 17 (4), 515-524.
  • Barte, J. C. M., Nieuwenhuys, A., Geurts, S. A. E., & Kompier, M. A. J. (2018). Effects of fatigue on interception decisions in soccer. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 1-12. 10.1080/1612197X.2018.1478869
  • Davis, P. A., Davis, L., Wills, S., Appleby, R., & Nieuwenhuys, A. (2018). Exploring “Sledging” and Interpersonal Emotion-Regulation Strategies in Professional Cricket. The Sport Psychologist, 32 (2), 136-145. 10.1123/tsp.2017-0078

Contact details

Primary office location

BUILDING 907 - Bldg 907
Level 2, Room 234
New Zealand