Dr Arne Nieuwenhuys


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Senior Lecturer

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.

Current research opportunities:

I am currently looking for students (Honours, MSc, Phd) who are interested in doing a research project on any following topics:

  • Response inhibition under physical and emotional stress
  • Sleep and performance in sports and other high-pressure contexts
  • Anxiety and perceptual-motor performance
  • Fatigue and recovery

NOTE: If you are intersted in pursuing a PhD on one of these topics under my supervision, you may be eligible for a University of Auckland Doctroal scholarship if you graduated from your qualifying degree (MSc or BScHons) with a GPE of 8.0 or above. 


Funding (current and past):

  • Nieuwenhuys, A., & Byblow, W. D. (2019). Tired and out of control? Effects of sleep deprivation on response inhibition under low and high threat. Royal Society Te Apārangi Marsden Fund - Fast-Start talent grant: $300,000 (19-UOA-220).
  • 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:

  • Mr Fenwick Nolan (project: effects of sleep deprivation on response inhibition under low and high threat) - with Professor Winston Byblow
  • Ms Sally Su (project: psychological interventions to overcome movement anxiety in a clinical rehabilitation setting)


  • Postgraduate Advisor / Doctoral Advisor in Exercise Sciences
  • Leader Postgraduate (Research) Programme in Exercise Sciences

Areas of expertise

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

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

As of 29 October 2020 there will be no automatic updating of 'selected publications and creative works' from Research Outputs. Please continue to keep your Research Outputs profile up to date.
  • Nieuwenhuys, A., Dora, J., Knufinke, M., Beckers, D., Rietjens, G., & Helmhout, P. (2020). "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea": Sleep, Cognitive Performance, and Self-Reported Recovery Status During a 67-Day Military Submarine Mission. JOURNAL OF SPORT & EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY. (pp. 1).
  • Knufinke, M., Nieuwenhuys, A., Geurts, S. A. E., Most, E. I. S., Moen, M. H., Maase, K., ... Kompier, M. A. J. (2020). Dim light, sleep tight, and wake up bright - Sleep optimization in athletes by means of light regulation. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SPORT SCIENCE10.1080/17461391.2020.1722255
  • Bijlstra, G., Furley, P., & Nieuwenhuys, A. (2020). The power of nonverbal behavior: Penalty-takers' body language influences impression formation and anticipation performance in goalkeepers in a simulated soccer penalty task. PSYCHOLOGY OF SPORT AND EXERCISE, 4610.1016/j.psychsport.2019.101612
  • van Peer, J. M., Gladwin, T. E., & Nieuwenhuys, A. (2019). Effects of threat and sleep deprivation on action tendencies and response inhibition. Emotion (Washington, D.C.), 19 (8), 1425-1436. 10.1037/emo0000533
  • Furley, P., Kohlhaas, S., Englert, C., Nieuwenhuys, A., & Bertrams, A. (2019). The Expression of Ego Depletion Thin Slices of Nonverbal Behavior as Cues to Momentary Self-Control Capacity. SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, 50 (5-6), 305-321. 10.1027/1864-9335/a000370
  • 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, 1010.3389/fpsyg.2019.01719
  • 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

Contact details

Primary office location

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