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    Research Interests

    I am interested in perceptual-motor coordination and skill acquisition, with a specific focus on auditory-motor coordination. My research includes questions of how people time movements to auditory events, such as synchronising with a beat, walking to rhythmic sounds (particularly as an aid for gait in Parkinson's disease), or catching a moving object without vision. I am also interested in how ‘movement sonification’ (using motion capture data to trigger sounds in real-time) can be used as feedback to enhance learning of motor skills. This involves research into both fundamental questions of perceptual-motor learning, as well as applications to habilitation for children and adults with Visual Impairments. Finally, I am interested in skill acquisition in music performance, including understanding how sound-movement coupling emerges through musical training, techniques to enhance musical skill acquisition, and understanding skilful adaptability in the context of music improvisation. Across all these topics, I want to understand how perceptual information can guide skilful action, as well as the implications for understanding the embodied mind.

    Current PhD students:

    Former PhD students:

    • Gerard Breaden-Madden
    • John Dyer
    • Zara Gibson
    • Lilian Simones

    Teaching

    I teach a number of topics in Psychology at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including:

    • Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psycology (Level 1 & 2, MSc)
    • Introductory Psychology and Research Methods (Levels 1 & 3, MSc)
    • Thesis research project (Level 3, MSc)

    In previous years, I have also taught the following topics at undergraduate and masters level:

    • Psychology of Music (Levels 1 & 3, MSc)
    • Theories of skill acquisition and training (Level 3 and MSc)
    • Psychological dynamics of movement performance (Level 3 and MSc)
    • Motion capture and analysis (MSc)

    Particulars

    School administrative roles:

    Willingness to take PhD students

    Yes

    PhD projects

    Open to PhD applications in: auditory perception in relation to coordination / mobility (including in people with visual impairments or Parkinson’s disease); auditory augmented feedback in skill acquisition / rehabilitation; skill acquisition in music, particularly in musical improvisation

    Frequent Journals

    • Experimental Brain Research

      ISSNs: 0014-4819

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1432-1106

      Springer Verlag

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 1.95 SJR 0.899 SNIP 0.865

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    • Frontiers in Neuroscience

      ISSNs: 1662-4548

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1662-453X

      Frontiers Media S.A.

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 3.99 SJR 1.665 SNIP 1.152

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    • Open Psychology Journal

      ISSNs: 1874-3501

      Bentham Science Publishers B.V.

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 1.15 SJR 0.246 SNIP 0.761

      Journal

    • Journal of Experimental Psychology Human Perception and Performance

      ISSNs: 0096-1523

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1939-1277

      American Psychological Association Inc.

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 2.83 SJR 2.223 SNIP 1.341

      Journal

    • Psychology of Music

      ISSNs: 0305-7356

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1741-3087

      SAGE Publications Ltd

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 1.78 SJR 0.98 SNIP 1.033

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