About the Project
This project aims to help us further understand the multifaceted benefits of engaging in highly coordinated, synchronous movement activities in a social everyday setting. Depending on the applicant’s interests and skills, this project will most likely focus on healthy adults, but there is the possibility of working with adults/older adults (NHS, Royal Berkshire Hospital) with medical conditions which negatively affect their motor control. This work will use a variety of methods, including behavioural and psychophysiological methods, to examine how synchronous movements affect movement performance, social cognition and overall well-being.
Successful candidates will be supervised by Dr Juliane J Honisch and will have the opportunity to work closely with national and international collaborators (clinical experts, engineers and psychologists). The student will have access to the latest 3D motion˗tracking technology and medical body composition analysers, and will receive training on conducting kinematic analyses. We also encourage applications from individuals who have an interest in exploring virtual reality as a tool to analyse multi-person coordination.
Potential candidates are invited to discuss their interest in this topic via email: [email protected].
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