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Dr Martin McPhillips

Room 02.504, David Keir Building

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Martin McPhillips

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Research Interests

  • The motor development of young children
  • Movement intervention programmes for children with developmental difficulties

The major focus of my research is on the motor development of children, and it has two complementary strands. The ‘pure’ strand concerns the constraints imposed on motor development by the persistence of an early foetal reflex system (the primary reflex system) beyond the first year of life. The ‘applied’ strand focuses on the development of movement interventions to overcome or reduce the disturbances which result from primary reflex persistence. One of the major outcomes of the research has been the development of a movement intervention programme, known as Primary Movement, which is now used in more than 1,000 schools in the UK and Ireland.

While the ‘applied’ work is usually field based and is conducted in association with local schools, the ‘pure’ work is mostly laboratory based using technologies such as Balancemaster®, Polhemus® and Qualisys® motion capture systems.


I teach developmental psychology at undergradate and postgraduate levels, including specialist modules on children with developmental difficulties.

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