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Exploring individual differences in multi-objective control of obstacle negotiation during walking

   Musculoskeletal Science and Sports Medicine

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  Dr Kat Daniels  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Manchester United Kingdom Behavioural Biology Biomedical Engineering Biophysics Psychology Sport & Exercise Science Physiology

About the Project

Walking in the real world is a complex neuromotor task that humans generally appear to accomplish with relative ease. Many features of gait are optimised to minimise the energy cost to travel a given distance but we also need to avoid falling, traverse uneven ground and perhaps ensure timely arrival at our intended destination. 

The way people choose to prioritise these multiple objectives differs between individuals, particularly during challenging tasks like negotiating obstacles in the path of travel. In this project you will use a variety of experimental techniques, including optical motion capture, to record participants’ preferred obstacle negotiation strategies and relate them to psychological metrics and measures of physical ability. Through this work, we hope to understand the factors that contribute to individual differences in preferred behaviour and apply the findings to understand how to promote physical activity and design accessible environments. 

This is part of a wider Masters by Research recruitment drive where the best four or five candidates across the projects will be appointed. Find out more about the Musculoskeletal Science and Sports Medicine Research Centre and see what other opportunities are available.

Funding Notes

This opportunity is one of six Masters by Research projects being advertised by the Musculoskeletal Science and Sports Medicine Research Centre. Funding is available for the four or five strongest applicants across the six projects which includes the equivalent of Home fees (one year, full-time Masters by Research) plus additional project costs, and does not include any stipends or the writing up fee.
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