Our research investigates fundamental topics in human perception and motor cognition at both the basic and applied levels of empirical investigation. Our aim is to elucidate the underlying perceptual and cognitive mechanisms that facilitate a variety of human behaviours including expertise in skilled performers, face and body perception across the lifespan, mental and motor imagery, skilled movement and visual processing in Autism and Dyslexia.
Current projects include identifying individual differences in body perception and multisensory integration in the general population and in those with body image disorders; development of a novel spatial perspective taking measure; individual differences in motor imagery and embodied cognition within the general population; development of a cognitive motor simulation to enhance expert execution of movement in surgeons.
We have access to dedicated experimental behavioural, eye tracking, and neuropsychological testing lab spaces. Including Tobii eye tracking systems ( Tobii Pro X3-120 desk-top system and the Tobii Pro Glasses 2 wearable eye-tracker), electroencephalograph (EEG), and immersive virtual reality (HTC Vive, Oculus). We also have research links with the UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science (e.g., Coda motion tracking system) and the UCD School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.(e.g., neural and biomechanical research).