PhD Scholarship in Psychology: Identifying the neural processes underlying skilled anticipation in sport

University of Sheffield - Department of Psychology

Fully Funded PhD Scholarship in Psychology at the University of Sheffield

This is one of many projects in competition for the current funding opportunities available within the Department of Psychology

Project title: Identifying the neural processes underlying skilled anticipation in sport

Primary supervisor: Dr R Rowe
Co-supervisor: Dr E Milne

Project description: A large body of evidence indicates that skilled sports players can anticipate the actions of their opponents more accurately than novices, for example in sports such as tennis. This project will develop video simulation measures of anticipatory skill and assess the neural processes underlying expert performance using EEG. This work will build on the group's current work that has recently identified a role for the Human Mirror Neuron system in anticipation of this sort. The student will receive training in state-of-the art EEG analysis available at Sheffield.

References:

Denis, D., Rowe, R., Williams, A. M., & Milne, E. The role of cortical sensorimotor oscillations in action anticipation. Neuroimage. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.10.022

Rowe, R., Horswill, M. S., Kronvall-Parkinson, M., Poulter, D. R., & McKenna, F. P. (2009). The Effect of Disguise on Novice and Expert Tennis Players\' Anticipation Ability. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 21(2), 178-185.

Start date: 1 October 2017

Requirements: Applicants must have a minimum of a first class or high upper second-class undergraduate honours degree and a distinction or high merit at Masters level in psychology or a related discipline.

For further details and the application process please visit:
http://www.shef.ac.uk/psychology/prospectivepg/funding

Closing date for applications is 5pm Wednesday, 1 February 2017

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