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Dr Matthew Rodger

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Matthew Rodger

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I was born in Edinburgh, and grew up in Fife. After completing my MA (Hons.) in Philosophy and Psychology at the University of Edinburgh, I moved to Belfast in 2006, where I studied for my PhD in the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) at QUB. During my PhD, which was part of the European SKILLS Integrated Project, I researched the performance body movements made by musicians and their role in musical skill acquisition. After completing my PhD in 2010, I became a researcher on the TEMPUS-G project in the School of Psychology, where I investigated the effects of auditory and visual information on movement for the development of sensory guides to enhance motor performance. In summer 2012, I was appointed as a lecturer in psychology at QUB. My current research interests focus on auditory perception for guiding action, and musical skill acquisition.

School administrative roles:

  • Academic member of Health and Safety Committee
  • Module Convenor: Psychology of Movement Performance (with Joost Dessing); Psychological Dynamics of Performance (MSc); Enhancing Movement Performance in Applied Contexts (MSc)

Research Interests

My current main research interests focus on the links between auditory perception and the skilful guidance of action. This applies to a number of domains, including music performance, movement enhancement in clinical populations, as well as more basic psychological science to understand how the brain connects sound and action. At a broader level, I am interested in understanding how perceptual information can guide skilful action in the world, as well as the philosophy of embodied mind.


My teaching is focussed on the psychology of movement performance (including skill acquisition, feedback in learning, motivation, anxiety, measuring movement) and conceptual/philosophical issues in psychology.

I am involved in teaching on the following courses:


  • Introductory Psychology 2 (PSY1002)
  • Research Methods (PSY2056 & PSY2059)
  • Conceptual Issues and Psychology for Employability (PSY2062)
  • Psychology of Movement Performance (PSY3101)
  • Thesis (PSY3001)

MSc in Psychology of Performance Enhancement in Sport and Health:

  • Psychology of Movement Performance – Theoretical Issues (PSY7071)
  • Measuring and Evaluating Performance (PSY7072)
  • Psychological Dynamics of Performance (PSY7073)
  • Dissertation (PSY7076)

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