University of Lincoln
After completing my PhD, I started as a lecturer at the University of Lincoln in the summer of 2007. Introduction to the wonders of LabVIEW as a postgrad called to the computer geek in me, and means I now spend many happy hours(days) in the lab programming and playing with kit and data. Upon emerging from the lab I teach on Developmental Psychology, Fantasy Neuroscience, Developmental Psychopathology, Advanced Developmental Psych as well as supervising undergraduate student projects at 2nd and 3rd year and postgraduate projects.
Visual attention is a crucial element of motor skills, Petra brings her expertise on these topics to joint projects in the lab. With successful funding for a UROS project we collected data at Lincoln Summer Scientist 2012 examining development of the attentional landscape in bimanual aiming. This year we will be running another project on this topic at the 2013 Summer Scientist event.
Developmental psychologist Karen has world leading expertise in childrens' safety and risk perception. She is second supervisor for Gai3 and also involved in a joint project looking at childrens perception of safe and dangerous places and objects.
Gai3 is a PhD student in our lab, examining the effects of dance on cognitive abilities in children. This combines her fascination with dance with empirical research in child development. When not contemplating her own studies, Gai3 helps out with other research in the lab. In 2011 Kirsty won a faculty research grant which enabled Gai3 to collect data at last years Nottingham Summer Scientist.
The Lincoln Motor lab has a great tradition of taking on research assistants and many undergraduates have had the opportunity to work and conduct studies in the lab. As well as carrying out its own activities, the lab has made a strong appearance during events with the rest of the psychology department, with lab assistants carrying out data collection during Lincoln Summer Scientist Week and engaging with the public at the U3A Psychology road show event. Many of the assistants are also carrying out their own research projects alongside Dr Kirsty Miller. Some of the areas currently being investigated are developmental effects on body schemas, and conflicts between bimanual coupling and end state comfort in hand movements of children.
“During my time in the lab I have helped to plan and collect data for a study exploring the developmental differences in compromise between end state comfort and bimanual coupling. I am also currently planning to undertake a study on motor control difficulties in older people.”
"I'm interested in how we perceive our control of movement and how this changes across life time; so far I've done a study linked to this testing if kids rely on vision to control their movement, or proprioception."
Lincoln University Motor Lab would like to make thanks to all those previous student researchers for all their hard work and time contributed to the lab. Good luck with all your future endevours.