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Dr Matthew Rodger

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Matthew Rodger

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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 the links between sound and movement-based skills. This includes investigating how auditory perception influences action, how sound of one's movements may help motor learning, and the processes of musical skill acquisition.

School administrative roles:

- Coordinator of the BSc Intercalated Degree in Psychology
- Module Convenor: Psychology of Music; Psychological Research Methods for Intercalating Students
- Academic member of Health and Safety Committee
- School of Psychology library representative

Research Interests

My main research interests are 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 implications for the philosophy of embodied mind.

I currently supervise two PhD students:

John Dyer (with Paul Stapleton in the School of Creative Arts)
Chris Steenson


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

- Psychology of Music (Levels 1 & 3)
- Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psycology (Level 2)
- Introductory Psychology and Research Methods (Levels 1 & 3)
- Thesis research project (Level 3)

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

- Theories of skill acquisition and training (Level 3 and MSc)
- Psychological dynamics of movement performance (Level 3 and MSc)
- Motion capture and analysis (MSc)
- Thesis research project (MSc)

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