Our research focuses on addressing fundamental questions on the relationship between the systems responsible for sensorimotor control, cognition, and human behaviour. These are complex and dynamical systems and thus we take a multidisciplinary approach (see Team) and employ a variety of research methods and techniques to address these research questions.
Our laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including Opto-Trak, virtual reality systems, surgical simulators and EEG. We have also developed our own software, e.g. Kinelab and test batteries that have been adopted by other researchers from across the globe. You can get a flavour of some of this work by going through our current projects.
Our research is being applied to understanding how children learn to integrate cognitive and motoric abilities and the impact on academic performance including reading and writing, learning highly skilled manual coordination skills such as minimally invasive surgery, through to helping stroke survivors regain function. See our Impact Strands for more detail.
Cognitive Approaches to Rehabilitation, Mobility and Ageing: A multidisciplinary group of researchers and clinicians focussed on developing the most effective learning and rehabilitation strategies to promote mobility in clinical populations and successful ageing.
Strand Lead: Dr Rachel Coats
Cognitive Approaches to Virtual Environments: Our group has a long history examining how humans interact with VR and the cognitive and neural consequences of these interactions. Some of our recent work has focussed on using VR to accelerate acquisition of surgical skills.
Strand Lead: Dr Faisal Mushtaq