Andrew is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology. He studies movement and motor control; how we learn to produce skilled actions and how these abilities change over the lifespan (from childhood through to old age). He is also interested in when these abilities go wrong, as in developmental coordination disorder/dyspraxia.
Andrew completed his PhD at Indiana University in 2005, studying the perceptual control of action. He spent three years as a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Aberdeen, where he performed research to develop a tool for improving the assessment of children with movement disorders. He then spent a year at the University of Warwick studying movement planning. He was a lecturer for three years at the University of Leeds studying a variety of skilled actions (rhythmic movements, long distance throwing) and populations (children with DCD, older adults). He is now a Senior Lecturer in Psychology here at Leeds Beckett.
BSc (1st, Hons, Distinction) – Psychology, University of Otago
PhD – Psychology & Cognitive Science, Indiana University
Andrew’s research has two major themes. His empirical work uses skilled actions to study human perception and performance and learning. Current projects include
- Looking at how learning changes in old age and whether we can positively impact on those changes with targeted rehabilitation.
- Social coordination – how moving together enhances prosocial behaviour.
- Understanding how elite athletes produce skilled throws for distance and accuracy.
His theoretical work uses these projects to develop methods and theories suitable for studying embodied cognition, the hypothesis that our bodies and our environments play a crucial role in our cognition.