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Dr. Steve Hansen

Schulich School of Education - School of Physical and Health Education - Professor
office: AC201-M, Centre for Physical and Health Education
email: steveh@nipissingu.ca
tel: 705.474.3450      
ext: 4091
fax: 705.474.1947
web: Dr. Steve Hansen's Website


BKin (Honours), McMaster University;
MSc, McMaster University;
PhD, McMaster University

Areas of Specialization:

  • Human Movement Behaviour Analysis
  • Human Sensory-Movement Systems
  • Movement Control in Special Populations

Research Interests:

  • Visual control of upper limb movements
  • Measurement and quantification of individual differences in the preparation and execution of movement
  • Kinematic analyses of the movements of individuals from typically developing and special populations
  • Theoretical modelling of movement control and movement rehabilitation


Book Chapters:

Hansen, S., Grierson, L. E. M., Khan, M. A., & Elliott D. (2010). Rapid regulation of limb trajectories: Response to perturbation. In D. Elliott & M. A. Khan (Eds.). Vision and Goal-Directed Movement: Neurobehavioural Perspectives. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Elliott, D., Hansen, S., & Grierson, L. E. M. (2010). The legacy of R.S. Woodworth: The two component model revisited. In D. Elliott & M. A. Khan (Eds.). Vision and Goal-Directed Movement: Neurobehavioural Perspectives. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Elliott, D., Khan, M. A., & Hansen, S. (2010). The optimization of speed, accuracy and energy in goal-directed aiming. In D. Elliott & M. A. Khan (Eds.). Vision and Goal-Directed Movement: Neurobehavioural Perspectives. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Elliott, D., Hansen, S. & Grierson, L. E. M. (2009). Optimising speed and energy expenditure in accurate visually-directed upper limb movements. In T. Reilly & G. Atkinson (Eds.), Contemporary Sport, Leisure and Ergonomics (pp. 291-306). Oxon, UK: Routledge.


Peer Reviewed Journal Articles:

Hansen, S., Hayes, S., & Bennett, S. J. (2013). Integration of alternating monocular samples during goal-directed aiming. Motor Control, 17, 95-104.

Hansen, S., Gonzalez, D., & Lyons, J. L. (2013). Separating responses based on demand characteristics and phenomenological-spatial associations. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 117, 578-596.

Tremblay, L., Hansen, S., Kennedy, A. D., & Cheng, D. T. (2013). The utility of vision during action: Multiple visual-motor processes? Journal of Motor Behavior, 45, 91-99.

Patterson, J. T., Carter, M., & Hansen, S. (2013). Self-controlled KR schedules: Does repetition order matter? Human Movement Science, 32, 567-579.

McAuliffe, J., Johnson, M. J., Weaver, B., Deller-Quinn, M., & Hansen, S. (2013). Body position differentially influences responses to exogenous and endogenous cues. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 75, 1342-1346.

Bennett, S. J., O’Donnell, D., Hansen, S., & Barnes, G. R. (2012). Facilitation of ocular pursuit during transient occlusion of externally-generated target motion by concurrent upper limb movement. Journal of Vision, 12, 1-16.

Hansen, S., Pfeiffer, J., & Patterson, J. T. (2011). Accounting for the absolute amount of KR using a yoked group with self-control. Journal of Motor Behavior, 43, 113-119.

Hansen, S., Hayes, S. & Bennett, S. (2011). Inter-ocular and intra-ocular integration during prehension: Exploring the capacity to plan and execute movements. Neuroscience Letters, 487, 17-21.

Elliott, D., & Hansen, S. (2010). Visual regulation of aiming: A comparison of methods. Behavior Research Methods, 42, 1087-1095.

Elliott, D., Hansen, S., Grierson, L. E. M., Lyons, J. L., Bennett, S. J., & Hayes, S. J. (2010). Goal-directed aiming: Two components, but multiple processes. Psychological Bulletin, 136, 1023-1044.

Hayes, S., Hansen, S., & Elliott, D. (2010). Between nervous system effects on attention and action: Joe and Fred revisited. Psychological Research, 74, 302-312.

Hansen, S. (2010). Determining the temporal limits of a visual sample for visual regulation. Journal of Motor Behavior, 42, 107-110.

Sonnadara, R. R., Gonzalez, D., Hansen, S., Elliott, D., & Lyons, J. L. (2009). Spatial properties of perceived pitch: Influence on reaching movements. Annals of the New York Academy of Science, The Neurosciences and Music III: Disorders and Plasticity, 1169, 503-507.

Glazebrook, C. M., Gonzalez, D., Hansen, S., & Elliott, D. (2009). The role of vision for online control of manual aiming movements in persons with Autism spectrum disorders. Autism, 13, 411-433.

Elliott, D., Hansen, S., & Grierson, L. E. M. (2009). Optimising speed and energy expenditure in visually directed upper limb movements. Ergonomics, 52, 439-447.

Hansen, S., & Elliott, D. (2009). Three-dimensional manual responses to unexpected target perturbations during rapid aiming. Journal of Motor Behavior, 41, 16-29.

Hansen, S., Elliott, D., & Khan, M. A. (2008). Quantifying the variability of three-dimensional aiming movements using ellipsoids. Motor Control, 12, 241-251.

Grierson, L. E. M., Welsh, T. N., Hansen, S., Hodges, N. J., Hayes, S., Lyons, J. L., & Elliott, D. (2008). The response activation model and cross-modal facilitation and inhibition of return: A trajectory analysis. Open Psychology Journal, 1, 35-41.

Hansen, S., Tremblay, L., & Elliott, D. (2008). Real time manipulation of visual displacement during manual aiming. Human Movement Science, 27, 1-11.

Hansen, S., Elliott, D., & Khan, M. A. (2007). Comparing derived and acquired acceleration profiles: Three dimensional optical electronic data analyses. Behavior Research Methods, 39, 748-754.

Hansen, S., Elliott, D., & Tremblay, L. (2007). Gender differences in discrete action following visual perturbation. Perception, 36, 268-287.

Khan, M. A., Franks, I. M., Elliott, D., Lawrence, G. P., Chua, R., Bernier, P-M., Hansen, S., & Weeks, D. J. (2006). Inferring online and offline processing of visual feedback in target directed movements from kinematic data. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 30, 1106-1121.

Hansen, S., Glazebrook, C. M., Anson, J. G., Weeks, D. J., & Elliott, D. (2006). The influence of advance information about target knowledge and visual feedback on movement planning and execution. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 60, 200-208.

Lyons, J. L., Hansen, S., Hurding, S., & Elliott, D. (2006). Energy minimization during vertical and horizontal goal-directed movements. Experimental Brain Research, 174, 95-100.

Hansen, S., Lyons, J. L., & Keetch, K. M. (2006). Attentional and motor response priming in a bimanual task. Motor Control, 10, 280-290.

Elliott, D., Welsh, T. N., Lyons, J. L., Hansen, S., & Wu, M. (2006). Visual regulation of goal-directed reaching movements in adults with Williams syndrome and other developmental delays. Motor Control, 10, 34-54.

Mendoza, J., Hansen, S., Glazebrook, C. M., Keetch, K. M., & Elliott, D. (2005). Visual illusions affect both movement planning and on-line control: A multiple cue position. Human Movement Science, 24, 760-773.

Hansen, S., & Elliott, D. (2005). Nomadic inhibition of attention and motor responses. Human Movement Science, 24, 744-759.

Hansen, S., Cullen, J. D., & Elliott, D. (2005). Self-selected visual information during discrete manual aiming. Journal of Motor Behavior, 37, 343-347.

Hansen, S., Sheahan, B., Wu, M., Lyons, J. L., Welsh, T. N., & Elliott, D. (2005). Specificity of learning in adults with and without Down syndrome. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 22, 237-252.

Hansen, S., Tremblay, L. & Elliott, D. (2005). Part and whole practice: Chunking and on-line control in the acquisition of a serial motor task. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 76, 60-66.

Handlovsky, I., Hansen, S., Lee, T. D., & Elliott, D. (2004). The Ebbinghaus illusion affects on-line movement control. Neuroscience Letters, 366, 308-311.

Elliott, D., Hansen, S., Mendoza, J., & Tremblay, L. (2004). Learning to optimize speed, accuracy and energy expenditure: A preliminary model of goal-directed aiming. Journal of Motor Behavior, 36, 339-351.


Courses Taught:

  • PHED 2016: Motor Learning and Control
  • PHED 2007: Special Populations


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