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Identifying the neural processes underlying skilled anticipation in sport


Department of Psychology

About the Project

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.


Funding Notes

Self funded or sponsored students only

NB The University has some scholarships under competition - application deadline is 29 January 2020 at 5pm. More details can be found - View Website

Start dates are October and March yearly

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.

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