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Prof. Cathy Craig

Presentation at EWEP Madeira I studied psychology at the University of Edinburgh where I stayed on to do a PhD  under the supervision of Pr. Dave Lee in the Perception in Action labs.  After this I went to Marseille, France to work with Pr Reinoud Bootsma at the Movement and Perception lab at the Faculty of Sport Sciences. Originally going for 8 months I stayed for 8 years. I joined QUB five years ago as a Senior Lecturer in Visual Perception and was promoted to professor in October 2010.

My main research interests focus on how sensory information is used by the brain to control movement. More specifically I am interested in understanding how patterns of sensory information can be used to improve motor performance in both sporting (decision making in rugby or stopping curved free kicks in soccer) and health related contexts (e.g. balance training in older adults or people with Parkinson’s). By using innovative methods such as immersive, interactive virtual reality we can carefully control when and how sensory information is presented to a user and measure the effects these modifications have on motor coordination and behaviour. (See projects and publications).

Dr. Mihalis Doumas

I was born in Kastoria, a small town in northern Greece where I finished school and then moved to Thessaloniki to study Sport and Exercise Science in Aristotle University. After completing my undergraduate (1999) and masters degrees (2001) I moved to the School of Psychology, University of Birmingham where I did my PhD (2001-2005). I subsequently moved to Belgium to work as a postdoctoral researcher at KU Leuven, initially funded by a university project (2006-2008) and then by a research fellowship from the research foundation of Flanders (2008-2011). Since August 2011 I am a Lecturer in Psychology of Movement at Queen’s. 

I am interested in the way sensory information and cognitive resources are utilised for optimal motor behaviour. My work focuses on (1) Life-span development of sensorimotor and cognitive processes (2) multisensory integration in postural control and (3) timing of rhythmic movements, using Neurophysiological (TMS, TDCS), cognitive (working memory, executive control) and Developmental (Life span) approaches. See publications, my page or pubmed for a complete list of publications.

Dr. Will Young

After growing up in Loughborough, I made the short journey to Birmingham to study Sport and Exercise Sciences (BSc). I stayed in the same department for a further 3 years to complete my  PhD in the Human Movement Lab under the supervision of Dr Mark Hollands. Here I developed an interest in eye tracking and motion capture technology, studying interactions between gaze behaviour and gait parameters in older adults. Following my PhD I came to Belfast to work on the TEMPUS_G project with Dr Cathy Craig in 2009.

I am interested in how people perceive and retain information from the environment and use it to guide movement. In particular, I study the effects of increased age and/or neurological disease on movement control. My main interests lie in the design of diagnostic and training tools that could be used in rehabilitation programmes, mainly associated with bala nce and postural control.

Dr. Matthew Rodger

I am a Post-doc on the TEMPUS-G project. My primary research interests are: how perception guides motor Matthew Rodger performance; temporal coupling between (musical)  sound and movement;  embodiment of skill acquisition. Presently, I am exploring how perception of temporal dynamics in sounds can influence timing of movement. This research aims to develop and test auditory guides that contain appropriate temporal information for improving performance in time-constrained movements, and which may be applied in movement therapy, rehabilitation and/or skill acquisition scenarios.

For my PhD (funded through the European Integrated Project, SKILLS), I investigated the relationship between ancillary body movements made by musicians in performance and musical skill acquisition. I compared characteristics of ancillary movement in performances by clarinettists at different stages of musical skill acquisition, and perception of musical skill from ancillary body movements and sound. I have an MA (Hons.) in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Edinburgh.

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Cathy Craig
School of Psychology
Queen's University Belfast
18-30 Malone Road

Tel: +44 (0) 2890 97 5482

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